How does Governor Daniels determine which laws need to be followed and which laws don’t? The Indy Star is reporting that Governor Daniels has said that the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will not enforce alcohol license laws, apparently from 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
IC 7.1-3-1-14 does not seem to provide the Governor with that sort of wiggle room. It says:
It is lawful for an appropriate permittee, unless otherwise specifically provided in this title, to sell alcoholic beverages each day Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m., prevailing local time, until 3 a.m., prevailing local time, the following day. Sales shall cease wholly on Sunday at 3 a.m., prevailing local time, and not be resumed until the following Monday at 7 a.m., prevailing local time.
When DST kicks in at Sunday at 2 a.m., it will automatically become 3 a.m. The law is pretty clear that alcohol sales are to stop once it becomes 3:00 a.m.
Ignoring laws he doesn’t like has become pretty routine with Governor Daniels. As I’ve mentioned numerous times here, IC 1-1-8.1-3 provided:
Sec. 3. The state supports the county executive of any county that seeks to change the time zone in which the county is located under the procedures established by federal law.
Choosing to disregard this law, the Governor wrote a letter to the United States Department of Transportation opposing the county executive of St. Joseph County stating in pertinent part:
I recommend the Department decline the petition of St. Joseph County to move from the Eastern to the Central Zone.
This indifference to the law has apparently carried over to departments like IDEM. Governor Daniels man at IDEM, Tom Easterly told pork producers IDEM will suspend enforcement of Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permits until the EPA has cleared up the confusion surrounding CAFOs.
Let that be a lesson from the Governor to you. If there’s a pesky law inconveniencing you, just ignore it.