Panel to debate alcohol sales at Ind. State Fair

A selection of craft beer including Indiana's Three Floyds Brewery's Arctic Panzer Wolf, Alpha Clause and  Rye da Tiger are shown on the shelves of Elite Beverages in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
A selection of craft beer including Indiana's Three Floyds Brewery's Arctic Panzer Wolf, Alpha Clause and Rye da Tiger are shown on the shelves of Elite Beverages in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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.

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