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ABC REVISES PENALTY STRUCTURE FOR VIOLATIONS

May 30, 1998

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The Kansas Department of Revenue, which manages the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control division, revealed a new fine structure Friday during a meeting in Topeka with industry representatives. It applies to state licensed liquor stores and bars caught selling alcoholic beverages to people under 21 years of age.

Under the new rules, effective July 1, catching any number of teen-agers drinking illegally during a bar search will constitute a single offense.

Dean Reynoldson, the No. 2 official in ABC, said the agency hasn't determined whether the approximately 2,000 state-licensed bars and liquor stores would start with a clean slate when the new rules take effect.

Guidelines still stipulate a licensee must tally nine offenses before losing a state license. However, offenses five to eight will be much more expensive in the future.

Here are the new fines and license suspension rules:

  • Offense No. 1: no fine, licensee has option of attending revenue department training or accept license suspension for one day (Monday to Thursday). This is current policy.
  • Offense No. 2: $100 fine for each underage person served, license suspension for one weekend day (Friday or Saturday). This is current policy.
  • Offense No. 3: $300 fine for each underage person served, license suspension for one weekend day (Friday or Saturday). This is current policy.
  • Offense No. 4: $500 fine for each underage person served, license suspension for two weekend days (Friday and Saturday). This is current policy.
  • Offense No. 5: $700 fine for each underage person served, license suspension for two weekend days (Friday and Saturday). Currently, a fifth offense is treated the same as a fourth offense.
  • Offense No. 6: $800 fine for each underage person served, license suspension for three weekend days (Friday and Saturday plus the subsequent Friday or Saturday). Currently, same as fourth offense.
  • Offense No. 7: $900 fine for each underage person served, license suspension for four weekend days (Fridays and Saturdays). Currently, same as fourth offense.
  • Offense No. 8: $1,000 fine for each underage person served, license suspension for 14 consecutive days. Currently, same as fourth offense.
  • Offense No. 9: license revocation. This is current policy.

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