Dozens of citizens attended the hearing in blue shirts that read "We Want Cold Beer!"
But Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette), the bill's author, says alcohol isn't like other products. By a vote of 9-1, expanded cold beer sales will not be moving forward in the Indiana Senate. Passing committee means the full senate will now hear and potentially vote on the bill.
Supporters of expanded cold beer sales say IN is the only state that regulates the temperature at which beer is sold, and that IN needs to get with the times. It is awaiting a final vote in the Senate before going across the hall to the House, where a committee has passed a House version of the legislation.
Currently, only liquor stores may sell beer chilled.
But consumer support in several polls wasn't enough to aid the legislation, which liquor store owners said would hurt them financially.
"Of the 925 active liquor stores many will close".
Patrick Tamm of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers said alcohol is a risky substance that can destroy lives.
It's an environment where those under the age of 21 aren't allowed inside, where the stores tend to be smaller, and not located on 'busy corners'.
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"We don't need to legislate business hours", Tallian says.
"For the past 10 months, I have been collaborating with big box and liquor stores, business owners and fellow lawmakers to create a bill that is simple, fair and reasonable", Alting said.
"Should the state allow cold beer to be sold in convenience stores and gas stations, we would be forced to carry to be competitive", Singh said. Both bills would allow stores to sell carryout alcoholic beverages between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, was the only yes vote on the bill.
"In our stores In southern In, we have warm beer".
He also said it doesn't count as expanding beer sales because those retailers already sell it warm. "Cold beer sales are about convenience for the customer and cold sales would allow us to increase sales, we would have to hire more people".
No senator from northeast IN was on the committee.