Ind. To Be Final State With Sunday Alcohol Sale Ban

Connecticut Soon To Allow Sunday Sales

Indiana will soon be the only state that bans alcohol sales on Sundays.

Connecticut lawmakers have passed a law that allows customers to buy alcohol at stores on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., the New Haven Register reported.

State Sen. Paul Doyle said the new law, which is expected to bring in an additional $5 million a year for the state, brings Connecticut into the 21st century.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to sign the bill.

Efforts to overturn Indiana's ban on Sunday sales have failed to make progress at the Statehouse in recent years.

Still, Hoosiers were split on the idea in posting on the RTV6 Facebook page.

"Change the dumb law. Get out of the dark ages," Jeff Gettle wrote. "What you are forcing people to do, if they want to drink, is to go someplace, get drunk and then drive home! It's illegal to be responsible and drink at home (on a Sunday)."

But others said Indiana has done just fine without Sunday alcohol sales.

"Leave the law alone. It's good for the state," Dougie Bluegrass Harrison posted.

"People drink at bars and they drink at home. Allowing the purchase of alcohol on Sunday doesn't change that," Fay Farber Sparrow wrote. "They can STILL go to a bar, if they wish, or stockpile on Saturday so they may continue killing their brain on Sunday."

Hoosier Ray Cox owns Elite Beverages and said Sunday alcohol sales aren't an issue of morality, but of competition and the bottom line.

"If Indiana sells liquor on Sundays, it will put 250 small Hoosier businesses out of business," Cox said. "Package stores operate under a whole different set of rules."

Grant Monahan with Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers said it was time for Indiana to update its books.

"Indiana desperately needs to update its antiquated alcohol laws," Monahan said. "Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week, and time-starved consumers want the convenience of one-stop shopping."

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