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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb weighs in on the Ricker’s cold beer sales, saying he believes they have acted within the law, during a press conference at the governor’s residence, Friday, March 31, 2017.
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Gov. Eric Holcomb defended Friday his administration’s decision to allow cold beer sales at two Ricker’s convenience stores.

“The state of Indiana has followed the law,” he said during a media availability at the Governor’s Residence. “I’m confident we have acted within the law and administrated it correctly.”

He said he also believes Ricker’s, which has 56 stores across the state, followed the law.

Holcomb’s statements are likely to further complicate any legislative efforts to stop the company from selling cold beer — at least at the two locations where it has already started to do so.

The Republican governor’s comments come after leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly criticized the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission last week for allowing Ricker’s to sell cold beer at its convenience stores in Columbus and Sheridan.

Indiana’s Prohibition-era liquor laws have long prohibited cold beer sales at retail outlets other than…