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State considering changing laws on open containers at festivals

February 17, 2009


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— A Senate committee considers a bill to allow people to walk around with an alcoholic beverage at festivals and other special events.

The Federal and State Government Committee took no action Tuesday on the bill to change the law that says nobody can carry an open container on a public street or roadway.

The bill would allow an exception for an event such as a festival or similar community gathering that was endorsed by a local government. It would have to be confined to a specified area and the alcohol would have to be purchased within the event area.

It would leave it up to local governments to decide the location and hours of operations for selling alcohol, the types of containers and which events would be included.


kansanjayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Why don't our legislators just legalize public drunkenness and intoxication. This is a ridiculous way for the Senators to be spending their time...

terrapin2 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm a bit confused. We already allow open containers in downtown Lawrence on St. Patrick's Day! They allow bars to sell beer in plastic cups and customers are allowed to walk around downtown during the parade. So does that mean Lawrence has been breaking State law when they have allowed this to happen? Or are they referring to bottles & cans?

mapletree 9 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence does not allow open containers on St. Patrick's Day, and bars are not allowed to let alcohol leave the establishment.

IF this is happening on St. Patrick's Day, it is happening illegally.

Raider 9 years, 3 months ago

Our state is in a budget crisis and these senators are promoting public drunkenness and lewd and wanton behavior in the streets of out towns and cities. Nice!

Phil Minkin 9 years, 3 months ago

There have been a variety of outdoor events downtown where beer is sold and consumed. During the final four gatherings, police were confiscating bottles and cans of beer, but cups were no problem.

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 3 months ago

In times of economic downturn revenues on alchohol, smoking, and other various "sin" commodoties spikes. Want to get people to buy more beer? Then increase the amount of places where they can drink it. It seems silly, but this is a viable way to help our local economy by tapping into (no pun intended) one of the few markets that remains solvent in tough times.

castarke 9 years, 3 months ago

No matter what, you are not allowed to walk around Mass St. whether it is for St. Pattys day or the Final Four with an open container whether its in a bottle, can or cup. The Cups were allowed on Mass St. to help prevent broken glass, or bottles to be used as weapons and to help make it easier to clean up and make it safer for the student body and families to enjoy the National Title. As far as i am concerned i think it worked out great and caused no problems. And props to the Officers, they did a hell of a job!!!

spankyandcranky 9 years, 3 months ago

I can see both sides of this argument. But as people have already mentioned ... it happens now whether it's legal or not. Why doesn't the article mention when decisions will be made about the bill and what kind of discussion took place while they 'considered' it? This is not a very informative article.

BrianR 9 years, 3 months ago

The "Get Downtown" event was a fenced-in designated area and had beer vendors. Does this fall under a different statute?

staff04 9 years, 3 months ago

I love the phony outrage from Raider...really comical.

How about this:

Sell it. Tax it.

mapletree 9 years, 3 months ago

BrianR- Events like "Get Downtown" have to get special permits from the city in order to have alcohol.

Rae Hudspeth 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow, where did all the Carrie Nations come from?

George_Braziller 9 years, 3 months ago

The issue isn't "IF" it is going to happen because it already is and will continue to whether it is "legal" or not. St. Pat's day and Halloween night -- I can guarantee you there are a ton of open containers on the public sidewalks. The police know about it and recognize that they can't ticket everyone, It would just be better to put simple guidelines like no glass containers and then just take care of the problem children.

Bob Burton 9 years, 3 months ago

This bill is not about local events.. They could care less.. This is about drinking @ the State Fair!!

George_Braziller 9 years, 3 months ago

Marion - I wasn't whining. I was agreeing with the change. I was just saying no glass bottles or containers of any sort. Use all the plastic you want and enjoy the fun -- I have many times. If things get out of hand then bust the rowdys for being obnoxious and not folks who are just chatting with friends while having a beer or a glass of wine and just happen to be standing on the sidewalk.

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