Lawmakers poised to vote on allowing Sunday alcohol sales

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State lawmakers are poised to vote on bills to legalize Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and repeal Indiana’s law that sets wages for public construction projects.

The Indiana House could vote on those proposals as soon as Monday as lawmakers face a deadline this week for keeping bills alive for this year’s legislative session.

The alcohol bill would lift Indiana’s 80-year-old ban on Sunday sales. But grocery stores and pharmacies would face tougher requirements of only selling beer and wine in one designated store area, with liquor kept behind a service counter.

Republican legislators are pushing for eliminating the boards that set construction wages for state or local government projects. Supporters argue that would save millions in tax dollars, while opponents maintain it would open the door for low-paying, out-of-state contractors.

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