Sunday alcohol sales bill, ‘Super RFRA’ die in committee

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Lawmakers were off to a busy start Wednesday as they determined the fate of a pair of high-profile bills.

Senate Bill 66—the so-called “Super RFRA” bill—died in committee Wednesday. The bill would have repealed the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and defined a list of “fundamental rights,” including religious freedom, freedom of speech and the right to bear arms.

Senate Judiciary Chair Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) said the “timing is wrong” to take a vote on the bill, killing it for the session. There was no discussion on the legislation. A pair of civil rights bills (Senate Bill 100 and Senate Bill 344) will be heard Wednesday at 4 p.m., with testimony expected to last several hours.

In the House, a committee voted 8-5 against a bill that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana. The vote Wednesday in the House Public Policy Committee means the legislation is dead for this session.

House Bill 1399 would have required sales clerks to be 21 years old and receive training in order to sell alcohol on Sundays. The measure would have also restricted where grocery, convenient stores and pharmacies sell liquor.

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