IN Focus: Deal reached on Sunday sales, but what about cold beer? – Fox 59

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR) and Indiana Retail Council (IRC) announced an agreement Friday that could potentially lead to carry-out alcohol sales on Sunday in the state.

The series of policy initiatives would improve the state’s alcohol laws while also strengthening them, according to the organizations.

Both groups expressed support for Sunday alcohol sales without any changes to how alcohol products are displayed or organized. Expanding cold beer sales is not included in the support, however.

They also made the following policy recommendations:

The IABR and IRC strongly oppose the expansion of the sale of cold beer in Indiana. The IABR and the IRC believe that the sale of alcohol should be strictly regulated and that the existing regulations regarding cold beer are important safety measures. IABR and IRC strongly oppose new restrictions on the type and variety of adult beverage products sold and displayed by drug and grocery stores. IABR and IRC support significantly increasing the fines for sales to minors. Tripling the fines would generate funds that could be used to increase the number of excise officers. The IABR and the IRC support strengthening and increasing penalties for adults who host parties and furnish alcohol to minors. While the IABR and the IRC recognize that alcoholic beverages are now sold responsibly in Indiana, both organizations support changes that would require a mandatory age verification check for alcohol purchases; and require video monitoring or the presence of store employees in close proximity to the sale and/or display of alcoholic beverages.

Jon Sinder, Chairman of the IABR, and Grant Monahan, President of the IRC, issued the following joint statement:

“As responsible retailers, we need safe regulations that ensure that alcohol products do not

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