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Friday, February 01, 2019 1:00 am

House approves mixed drinks' sale from carts

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Whew.

Hoosiers would now legally be able to sell wine and margaritas from a golf cart on a golf course, under a bill approved 92-4 by the Indiana House Thursday.

Indiana law technically only allows this for malt beverages, or beer, and many people don't know they are breaking the law.

Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, said during committee that he offered the bill after seeing elderly women selling bloody marys and not having the heart to tell them it was illegal.

He joked that he didn't want to hang around “with the criminal element,” so it was time to adjust the law.

The legislation generally allows a golf course with a three-way alcohol permit to exercise selling anywhere on its property, Smaltz said.

“I'm reluctant to stand up there and say my bill is really simple. That makes me wonder if it's important,” he said. “Anything that gets to this point in the process is important to somebody.”

All northeast Indiana lawmakers supported the bill. Those who voted no were Reps. Bruce Borders, R-Jasonville; Tim Wesco, R-Osceola; Terry Goodin, D-Crothersville; and John Prescott, R-Union City.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

nkelly@jg.net