Archive for Friday, February 10, 2012

25 years ago: Legal confusion causes roller-coaster ride for liquor prices

February 10, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 10, 1987:

Local liquor retailers were feeling some confusion over the ramifications of a recent disagreement between high-level state executives. Kansas Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan had said that the state law establishing minimum markups on liquor and wines was unconstitutional. Alcoholic Beverage Control Director John Lamb had followed Stephan's ruling by stating that he would no longer enforce the law. As a result, many state retailers had begun marking down their prices. However, Gov. Mike Hayden had then said that the minimum mark-up law would continued to be enforced until the Kansas Legislature changed it or the courts specifically struck it down.


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