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Indiana House panel to hold hearing on alcohol ban

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Monday, February 4, 2013 - 7:47 am

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are ready to hear what the public has to say on proposals to end the state's long-running ban on Sunday retail alcohol sales.

The Indiana House's public policy committee has scheduled a Wednesday public hearing at the Statehouse on bills that call for a lifting of the state's ban. Indiana is currently the last state in the nation to bar retail alcohol sales on Sundays.

WRTV-TV reports that supporters of the bills argue that Indiana's Sunday ban on retail alcohol sales is one of the toughest in the nation and costs the state $9 million in lost tax revenue.

But many package liquor stores argue that the cost of opening on Sundays would make it impossible for them to compete with big supermarket chains.