Archive for Friday, February 18, 2011

Kansas Senate panel to vote next week on liquor sales in grocery and convenience stores

February 18, 2011


— The chairman of a Kansas Senate committee expects the panel to vote next week on a bill to let grocery and convenience stores sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor.

Salina Republican Pete Brungardt said he's scheduled a debate by the Federal and State Affairs Committee for Tuesday.

The measure allows grocery and convenience stores to start selling full-strength beer and wine on Jan. 1. They're now allowed to sell so-called cereal malt beverage, also known as weak or low-point beer.

The bill also phases in liquor sales in grocery and convenience stores by 2015.

Many liquor store owners oppose the measure, saying it would let large retail chains run them out of business. Proponents argue it will create jobs and help struggling rural grocery stores.


blindrabbit 6 years ago

I'd allow wine but stop at hard liquor. Beer and wine are integral parts of meals for some of us. Would allow retailers a chance to pair food offerings with wine offerings.

Crazy_Larry 6 years ago

So alcohol in beer and wine is different than alcohol in hard liquor? Are the effects somehow different? Your willingness to discriminate because of personal taste is baffeling and frustrating.

chzypoof1 6 years ago

It's called capitalism folks...Let everyone sell the same products. If you run your business well, you will survive. Go to Missurah...there are tons of thriving liquor stores, and they sell it everywhere.

And PLEASE stop using "moral" reasons to justify not allowing this bill. If people want something, they will get it. Selling it in stores will not make people more prone to drink. Let people have "choice" in their lives...


Prairielander 6 years ago

At last. Some productive legislation out of this group. I was getting pretty sick of all the abortion/gay/immigration bills.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

Count up the amount that lobbyists are spending on each side, and that's how the vote will go.

Randall Barnes 6 years ago

as it is now in kansas you can only own one liquor store so with this change all dillons stores are allowed so that opens up the cork and barrel owner to open up a store on every corner.and what other part of the liquor laws will change ?

Crazy_Larry 6 years ago

I hope they get rid of the age restrictions next....why shouldn't children be allowed to get drunk too? They don't even drive.

Randall Uhrich 6 years ago

Liquor store owners are whining, but they've enjoyed the benefits of a monopoly all along. Competition brings down prices. Say what you will about Walmart, but shopping there amounts to a 30% increase in buying power (=income) for the average American. Bring it on!

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