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IABR Statement on HB1399, Sale of Alcoholic Beverages

Friday, January 15, 2016  
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 INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Jan. 14, 2016) - The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers issued the following statement regarding HB1399, Sale of Alcoholic Beverages: 


"As package store owners who operate under strict regulations and business models given to us by Indiana law, we believe this legislation fails to acknowledge that alcohol is not like any other consumer product," said IABR President & CEO Patrick Tamm. "HB1399, as introduced, gives big box retailers capabilities to sell alcohol as if it were milk. Last year's Sunday Sales bill contained sound public policy that took a hard look at how and where alcohol is sold, which we supported - unfortunately this year’s bill falls short.” 


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The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, IABR, is the voice of the package store industry in Indiana. The association represents the interests of 1,000 package store owners by promoting responsible retailing, developing sound public policy initiatives and building stronger communities with local advocates. A diverse board of package store owners from around the state helps create a sound foundation for the future of these multi-generational businesses.


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