Indiana Legislature

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A state study commission working to modernize Indiana’s alcohol laws did not get the support needed to recommend expanding cold beer sales.

A vote to recommend allowing cold beer sales in more businesses, like convenience stores, came one vote short of passing.

The convenience chain Ricker’s sparked this year’s debate, when it secured restaurant permits that allow cold beer and hard liquor for carryout. Its owner Jay Ricker says the state choosing who can and cannot sell cold beer creates a legal – but unfair – monopoly.

The bill would protect businesses who refuse services to same-sex couples because of religious beliefs.