Panel to debate alcohol sales at Ind. State Fair

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will move a step closer to joining 48 other states that allow alcohol sales at their state fairs if a panel of lawmakers gives its approval.

The House Public Policy Committee is set to vote Wednesday on whether to send the issue to the full House for its consideration.

The state Senate previously approved the bill lifting a ban on alcohol during the Indiana State Fair that spans nearly seven decades.

North Carolina is the only other state that still does not allow fairgoers to down a cold beer on site. Ohio ended a ban on beer and wine in 2011.

Both the full House and Gov. Mike Pence must still approve the measure before the State Fair can start selling alcohol. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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