Balanced approach needed to make wholesale changes to state’s alcohol distribution regulations

Indiana’s recently concluded legislative session saw several changes made to rules that govern the sale and distribution of alcohol with an emphasis on public safety and economic development. Under the leadership of Sen. Ron Alting and Rep. Ethan Manning, the legislature made it easier for communities or special entertainment districts to receive permits to serve alcohol and created new permits to be used for economic development purposes and food deserts.  These changes thoughtfully strike the right balance between the push to deregulate and the recognition of a socially sensitive product that is regulated for a reason.