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Liquor stores to be open Sundays

June 9, 2009

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Tonganoxie liquor stores may now have their doors open on Sunday.

About four years after Kansas law was changed allowing retail liquor to be sold on Sunday, and after years of back and forth debate and a compromise, the Tonganoxie City Council on Monday voted 3-2 in favor of Sunday sales.

The vote came after city officials learned that a previous ordinance passed in May 2008 might not be enforceable. That ordinance allowed the sale of alcohol on Memorial Day and Labor Day, and Independence Day if it fell on a weekday. This ordinance did not fall in line with a 2006 opinion by then-Attorney General Phill Kline regarding a similar ordinance adopted by the town of Syracuse.

The city council was told by Mike Kelly, the city attorney, that it could not pick and choose what days stores could be open, so they either had to be open on the holidays and Sundays or not open on any of those days.

Tonganoxie residents could protest the new ordinance with a petition to bring a special election.

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