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April 27, 2011

NEW: Deal would set 40 as Indiana alcohol ID age

INDIANAPOLIS — State legislators have reached an agreement on changing Indiana’s much-ridiculed law requiring everyone — regardless of age — to provide identification when buying carry-out alcohol.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. James Merritt of Indianapolis said today that he would accept a proposal to no longer require store clerks to card customers who appear older than 40.

Merritt had backed making the carding age 50, but he said setting it at 40 had the most support among legislators.

The proposal would revise a law that took effect last summer and immediately generated complaints from senior citizens and others who said it made no sense. Liquor store owners support the current law, saying it has discouraged minors from trying to buy alcohol.

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