The debate over Sunday alcohol sales has been a contentious issue in Indiana for decades. After all of these years, the Indiana General Assembly finally took action to legalize Sunday sales.

On Wednesday, Governor Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1 into law. SEA 1 legalizes the retail sale of carryout alcohol in Indiana on Sunday, between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. in package liquor stores, as well as grocery and convenience stores throughout the state.

The Act, the first to be approved by both houses of the Indiana General Assembly, rocketed to the Governor’s desk before any other legislation this session. This Sunday, March 4, 2018, will be the first Sunday since before prohibition that consumers will be able to purchase alcohol on a Sunday in Indiana.

Earlier this year, Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage), attempted to modify the language in the bill to allow alcohol sales on Sunday to be the same as the other six days of the week. That amendment was defeated leaving the sales restriction in place.