Sunday alcohol sales, religious freedom bills face votes

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House is nearing a deadline to vote on the bill that would lift the state’s ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales.

House leaders put off a vote on the bill until at least Tuesday and face a Wednesday deadline for taking action to keep the proposal alive.

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

The state Senate could also vote Tuesday on a contentious proposal supporters say would ensure people and businesses could refuse services for same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs. Some business leaders argue the proposal could hurt the state’s reputation and efforts to attract companies. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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