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25 years ago: Lobbyists debate drinking age, liquor-by-the-drink laws

December 4, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 4, 1985:

  • The School of Engineering at Kansas University had a new dean. Carl Locke, the director of the School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Oklahoma, had accepted the job.
  • Two of the state’s leading lobbyists squared off in a lively debate at the Kansas Union on the topic of liquor laws. They disagreed on the new law phasing in 21 as the drinking age for 3.2 beer, argued about a proposed liquor-by-the-drink amendment, and agreed that tougher drunk-driving laws were needed.
  • A report from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation revealed that the rate of violent crimes in Kansas had risen 9.6 percent during the first nine months of 1985, including a 41.7 percent increase in murders. The crime rate in Lawrence had increased at a faster rate than the state total. The report also showed that the number of murders in Johnson County had nearly tripled since 1984, and more than doubled in Sedgwick County.

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