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Backers of Sunday liquor sales hopeful with new chairman

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Could 2014 be the year the State Legislature brings an Indiana Blue Law to an end?

You know the feeling, you get to the liquor aisle only to realize it's a Sunday, and you're in Indiana.

That means, no booze for you.

The Indiana Retail Council has been behind the effort to allow liquor sales on Sunday since 2008.

Last year, the bill didn't even make it out of Committee and some liquor store owners are just fine with that.

AJ Rodino's business is his life, he says being closed on Sunday is the way it should be.

"It's just like people who didn't want the stores to open on Thanksgiving, for holidays. Sundays should be for the help to go home, relax," says Rodino Liquor Store owner, AJ Rodino.

Rodino says lifting the ban would only help big box stores that are already open.

He says having to open on Sundays would hurt the little guy.

"All it does is dilute the sales, hurt small businesses, and it costs us to open," says Rodino.

But not everyone agrees. "Indiana's laws are antiquated, out-of-date," says Indiana Retail Council President, Grant Monahan.

Monahan says lifting the ban would serve customers who'd like the choice to buy alcohol on Sunday.

"Our members want to serve the public. Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week," says Monahan.

Monahan hopes now that there's a  new chairman of the House Public Policy Chairman, that could change the tide.

"I think there's a better chance now than there was last session," says Monahan.

But Monahan admits, getting the bill passed will be a challenge with it being a short session and an election year.

FOX28 talked with the new chairman, Republican Representative Tom Dermody of LaPorte.

He says he's not making any promises as far as getting the bill out of committee.

"Whatever bills we hear, the people on both sides will have their say. We will hold very fair hearings to make sure both sides are heard," says Dermody.

Dermody says he'll spend the next month traveling the state and learning more about the topic.

Meanwhile, Rodino hopes he'll decide to keep the status quo.

"Hopefully people remember the little guy, because there aren't too many of us left," says Rodino.

The legislative session starts January 6th.

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