Sunday Carryout Bill to Come Before Full Senate For Second Reading Today

Hoosiers looking for the opportunity to buy alcohol 7 days a week will have to wait for a few more legislative steps to be taken before anything is finalized. According to the Indiana General Assembly Senate Calendar, the bill regarding Sunday alcohol carryout sales for will come before the full Senate on second reading today.

Senate Bill 1, authored by Republican State Senator Ron Alting, would allow package liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. It would also permit restaurants that satisfy the carryout requirements to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday. Continue reading

Fresh Food Bill Clears Senate Committee

Sen. Randy Head
Sen. Randy Head

A bill authored by a local lawmaker to help provide fresh food to underserved areas will move to the full Senate for consideration. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would allow the State Department of Health to help new and existing businesses and nonprofits offer fresh and unprocessed foods to communities in food deserts, which are underserved geographic areas where affordable and healthy foods are difficult to obtain. Continue reading

RFRA Expected to Dominate Legislature Again

Sen. Jim Arnold

The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that put Indiana in the national spotlight last year is expected to once again dominate the statehouse. Lawmakers return to work today. Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, says a bill has already been filed seeking to lessen the blow by making amicable measures for everyone concerned. Continue reading