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Backers see better chance for Sunday alcohol sales

– Supporters of ending Indiana’s longtime ban on Sunday retail alcohol sales hope a change in the General Assembly has improved their chances.

That change is the appointment of Republican Rep. Tom Dermody of LaPorte as chairman of the House Public Policy Committee after the resignation of previous Chairman Rep. Bill Davis of Portland.

That committee held a hearing on lifting the Sunday ban, but Davis refused to bring it up for a vote.

Indiana Retail Council President Grant Monahan said he believes Dermody’s appointment is a positive development for Sunday sales supporters.

Dermody says he hasn’t made any decisions about the issue.

Indiana is the only state that prohibits retail carryout sales of beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

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