Indiana Senate Republicans will push for computer science courses in all high schools, alcohol sales on Sundays and increased funding to cover higher-than-anticipated school enrollments, among other issues, during the current legislative session.
Lisa Hutchinson, director of the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, urged members of both committees to gather data on a possible rise in underage drinking due to Sunday sales.
After testimony, his Sunday alcohol sales bill zipped forward by a vote of 9-0. The bill now heads to the full Senate for further consideration. Network Indiana/WIBC Statehouse Bureau Chief Eric Berman reports it's unclear whether SB 1 will receive a vote Wednesday afternoon from the committee.
Wednesday, both bills took a big step.
Kroger said the additional few hours are important to its customers.
"We will continue to fight the opioid epidemic, look for ways to improve our workforce development efforts and support our schools", Senate Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said in a Monday release presenting his party's agenda.
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House Public Policy Chairman Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), the bill's author, says the coalition is correct in predicting expanded alcohol access will lead to increases in drunken driving and other alcohol-related crimes.
"Anything can happen in this process when it comes out the committee", Smaltz said. "I think it'll come out of the committee pretty clean".
"It's unanimous that it's simply the time to do a Sunday sales bill", said Sen. State Senator Alting said he promises Cold Beer sales will get a hearing and a vote on the Senate floor next week.
The bill simply allows stores that sell alcohol six days of the week to also sell it on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. It also limits the sale of cold beer throughout the week to liquor stores and some bars.
Two groups that had perennially played the Hatfields and McCoys on the issue were suddenly on the same side on the same page-in support of Sunday sales. "We appreciate how times change and how legislative priorities may change over time, we felt that, we felt and still feel today that the um the um coming together with the liquor stores was the right thing to do for both sides". "We are eager to continue working directly with legislators and policy makers as these landmark pieces of legislation continue to move forward without delay".