Rep. Dermody named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association

Posted by: Courtney Bearsch  | Thursday, October 29, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 29, 2015) – State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) has been named Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA).

Dermody received the award for authoring comprehensive alcohol reform legislation that reduced burdensome regulations on small businesses. The award was recently presented during the annual ILBA Education Conference at Blue Chip Hotel and Casino in Michigan City.

“I am honored to receive the 2015 ILBA Legislator of the Year award," Dermody said. "As chairman of the House Public Policy Committee, I will continue to promote policies that create opportunities for small business growth. I look forward to working closely with the ILBA as we gear up for the 2016 legislative session.”

This year, Dermody authored a law to streamline the alcohol permit renewal process and allow club permit holders to designate additional days as “guest days” in an effort to earn more money for charity.

“Representative Dermody’s common sense approach to reforming Indiana’s alcoholic beverage laws has improved industry relations with the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. This award recognizes his dedication to small businesses throughout the state and the growth opportunities his reforms have allowed for neighborhood bars and restaurants,” said ILBA Association Manager Keith Johnson.

Founded in 1933, the ILBA advocates on behalf of neighborhood bar owners as well as their patrons.