INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales is now a thing of the past.
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill repealing the law during a Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the Statehouse, saying "cheers" as he then turned to shake hands with legislative leaders.
For decades, efforts to overturn the law have foundered among bickering by interest groups - most notably liquor store owners, who stood to lose business to big box retailers on a major shopping day. But that opposition evaporated this year and, as a result, Hoosiers will be able to buy carryout alcohol starting this Sunday at liquor stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and big box retailers across the state.
Holcomb says the change is about giving consumers more choices seven days a week.
The bill takes effect immediately, which means Sunday alcohol sales will be allowed beginning this weekend.
Indiana's Sunday ban stretches back to the 1850s and stayed in place after national alcohol prohibition was overturned in 1933.