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Residents celebrate law allowing alcohol at retirement homes

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Residents of a Bloomington retirement home are enjoying their successful push allow the serving of alcohol at Indiana’s nursing homes and retirement communities.

Meadowood Retirement Community residents and guests packed a reception before dinner Friday where they enjoyed snacks, music and beer and wine provided by the facility – something state excise police ordered stopped last year.

But some residents campaigned for a change in state law during this year’s legislative session that allows retirement centers to serve alcohol without having to obtain a state liquor permit as required for bars and restaurants.

Resident Ron Kovener tells The Herald-Times that the new law recognizes that the retirement center is their home.