Legislative leaders confirm that a push to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell cold beer is dead for the 2018 session. But those same leaders offer supporters hope for the future.
“We’re gonna be back,” Ricker said. “We’re not gonna give up on this.”
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he hopes to legalize Sunday alcohol sales this year – and then deal with other issues, like cold beer, in the future.
“A lot of these things take time. Gradualism is a part of legislative achievement,” Bosma says.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says issues around cold beer need to be figured out – notably, he says, a disparity in license costs between liquor stores and restaurants.
“That should be the goal of the advocates, is to give us a good idea how to do it and a time parameter to do it and I think it can get done,” Long says.
Cold beer advocates had such a plan but the Senate committee chair did not allow amendments to the bill.