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Sunday Alcohol Bill Kicks The Suds-Bucket In Committee

Jan 28, 2016
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Hoosiers won’t be able to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays anytime soon.

A bill that would have allowed for Sunday sales quickly died in committee Wednesday.

The bill met the same fate as many Sunday sales bills before it — the measure was quickly voted down five to eight in the House public policy committee.

Several members of the committee including Republican Representative Ed Clere cited concerns about access to alcohol in pharmacies and grocery stores.

“I especially have concerns about the placement and display and access to hard liquor,” he says.

Lawmakers To Reopen Sunday Alcohol Sales Discussion

Jan 19, 2016
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There’s another new push by Indiana lawmakers to lift Indiana's ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales.

Legislators are expected to discuss the idea next week.

The bill represents a new attempt by House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) to end the state's status as having the country's last statewide "blue law" prohibiting Sunday alcohol sales.

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The two leading fantasy football companies are backing an Indiana proposal to regulate the industry.

Representatives of DraftKings and FanDuel told a House committee this week a bill setting standards for daily fantasy sports would ensure players of an honest game -- and prevent legal battles like the one in New York, whose attorney general is trying to shut down the sites as illegal gambling.

DraftKings representative Derek Hein says the company welcomes state regulation setting standards for fantasy sports operators.

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Thanks to a new law, for the first time in decades, Hoosiers will be able to buy alcohol on Christmas Day.

Before the bill allowing Christmas alcohol sales was passed last spring, Hoosiers who ran out of wassail or eggnog on Christmas had to wait until Boxing Day to buy re-enforcements. The old law, stricter than current Sunday alcohol restrictions, meant people couldn’t even buy a drink in a restaurant—one of the main reasons bill author Rep. Tom Dermody thought the rule needed to be revisited.

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The chairman of one of the most powerful committees at the statehouse won't run for a sixth term next year.

House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) says Republicans have talked to him about other offices, and doesn't rule it out in the future. But he says it's time to step aside for now after 10 years, especially since his son will be a senior in high school next year.

Senate Suggests Live Racino Dealers -- In 2021

Mar 27, 2015
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Indiana‘s two racetrack casinos could hire live dealers to operate table games under a Senate proposal -- but not for six years.

A Senate committee is expected to vote Monday on an attempt to finesse Gov. Pence‘s reported opposition to live dealers at the racinos. By freezing the status quo until 2021, the proposal would let Pence stick to a vow to oppose any expansion of gambling as long as he‘s governor.

House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) is noncommittal, though he predicts there will be more changes to the bill.

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Legislation aimed at helping Indiana’s struggling gaming industry easily cleared the House Wednesday.  But its path to final approval may be more difficult.

The gaming bill would allow riverboats to move on land, give casinos a ten percent tax credit for new construction, and allow racetrack casinos to replace some of their electronic table games with table games that have live dealers. 

The bill’s outcome became less certain this week when Governor Mike Pence objected to the live dealers as an unwanted expansion of gaming. 

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Legislation to legalize Sunday alcohol sales is dead after its author couldn’t muster enough votes to pass it. 

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Rising Star Casino Resort, located in the Southeastern corner of the state, was the first Indiana riverboat in the region. At its peak, the casino earned $160 million dollars per year.

But CEO Dan Lee says those days are gone.  Last year the casino only took in $60 million.

“This was built here as the first casino in the tristate area," Lee says. "It made a lot of money in those days. We’re sitting here now with it, trying to cover the payroll.”

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In committee Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, added to his bill stringent new regulations for non-liquor stores that sell alcohol.

Those include requirements to section off alcohol to one area in the store and mandating that hard liquor be put behind a counter.

An amendment on the House floor Thursday would have allowed grocery stores to keep hard liquor out on the floor, while requiring that liquor to have safety caps and 24-hour video surveillance.

Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, says the amendment helps average Hoosier shoppers.