Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Several major changes in Kansas alcohol regulations becoming law

June 6, 2012


Several other major changes in alcohol regulations were approved by the Legislature this session, including one that is designed to lure a dinner train business to the area.

The liquor-related measures were mixed into one “mega-bill” signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Under one provision, dinner railway cars can obtain a liquor license. Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, said the measure was aimed at luring a Nebraska dinner train business to operate between Baldwin City and Ottawa.

Other provisions of the new law allow:

• Drinking establishments to offer “Happy Hour” specials. Previously, bars could offer special drink prices, but those charges had to last all day.

• Micro-distilleries to sell and serve their products on their premises.

• Liquor stores to offer free tastings of beer, wine and alcohol to their customers.


RadioFreeKansas 1 year, 10 months ago

Everything is just fine in the land of the Christian Koch Libertarians also known as Brownbackistan. There are some undefined areas of this Big Booze Bill now quickly becoming law of the land.

Qualify the carrot and club factors of "limited government" in the Big Booze Bill:

  • First time DUI now a felony (is this part of the SoS Kobach vote suppression strategy)?

  • First time DUI now mandates the "blow pipe" hook-up on those convicted who need driving to and from work to live?

  • How many companies sell and maintain the "blow pipes" in Kansas and would the $2000 plus yearly fee be tax deductible, since most Kansans with any money will no longer be paying taxes?

  • Does this have anything to do with the new prison being built at a former religious retreat?

Clarify the Koch cockroach capitalist factor i. e. "economic freedom" aspects of the Big Booze Bill:

  • Will the state-regulated liquor stores be able to as Gov. Sam likes to say, "push the accelerator to the floor" and hand out unlimited 2oz. shots of liquor too?

  • Will pregnant women unable to find a drug store with the morning after pill, or an abortion clinic, be allowed to booze it up free of charge at the liquor stores too? And as a side bar question in this "economic freedom" subset: Why not licensed brothels?

  • Will the 3.2% cowboy kool-aid dispensers now be able to run their own corn mash whiskey stills in the back alongside their oil drum meat smokers? How about the proliferation of Big Booze Trucks complete with smoking stills at the Hutchinson State Fair, or possibly at the Douglas County 4-H fairgrounds?

  • And finally in the Koch Libertarian matrix of Brownbackistan, will any federal regulations in conflict with the Big Booze Bill be enforced by Kansas law enforcement officials?

Just asking ....


derekhein 1 year, 10 months ago

The section of the law that applies to temporary permits went into effect on May 31. The remainder of the law is effective upon publication in the statute book (July 1). Often when several bills are bundled together, there are different effective dates for different provisions of the law. Reading the last line of the bill does not tell you when the entire bill goes into effect. The temporary permit law was written to take effect on May 31, I believe, so that it would be valid for the Wichita River Festival. Hope this helps.


tbaker 1 year, 10 months ago

But you still cannot buy a lime and tonic water at the liquor store - you have to go to the grocery store, which incidently cannot sell the gin.


Clark Coan 1 year, 10 months ago

Liquor by the drink is banned in 19 counties but if you join a private club or are a guest, you can still get a glass of spirits.


Eybea Opiner 1 year, 10 months ago

Too bad they wouldn't change the law restricting the number of establishments a licensee can have. That means no liquor sales in grocery stores, Costco, Sam's Club, etc.


pace 1 year, 10 months ago

In interest of full disclosure, I would vote temperance if it wasn't for the historical proof that temperance laws was the biggest boost to organized crime in the history of the US.
I once attended a wine tasting course, as part of professional requirements. I was the only one to spit into the bucket. I did learn to cook with booze through that course. Flavor is important and it varies. I think tastings at booze places is just fine. I think the owners will only want people to taste, I don't think they want to get people drunk for free.


Termcd4 1 year, 10 months ago

Hey, can we just get some sandwiches and drinks down at the train park? The train is already there!


kansanjayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Rep Gregory went against her conservative supporters to sponsor this law-maybe she can get the liquor store owners to walk the district on her behalf! It will not be some who oppose more liquor availability in Kansas.


bd 1 year, 10 months ago

Awesome! Anyone up for a liquor store crawl??? LOL!


Scattered 1 year, 10 months ago

I so agree with mommatocharlie. With so much abuse of alcohol, why do anything to make it more available???

To those who think I am nuts...I lost both of my grandfathers to drunk drivers. I am not some nutty teetotaler. I agree with my 85-year-old mother: legalize marijuana and make alochol illegal. (and no, she has NO personal experience with either one!)


sassypants 1 year, 10 months ago

My guess would be that those samples would be for someone actually trying to decide the brand of something they want to purchase. I would hope that the samples are not for every drunk that walks in the door and just wants a sample cause they don't have the money to purchase, or something in that line of thought.


Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 10 months ago

Are there still "dry" counties in KS?


The_Original_Bob 1 year, 10 months ago

"any liquor store serving samples of Glenlivet should let us know beforehand so we can get in line early."

That'll never happen. Glenlivet has been around forever. The samples will be wine and new to the market liquors (think Skinny Girl and whatnot.)

I am not opposed to booze samples. I just don't think it will be that big of a deal.

I want booze and mixers and limes to be able to be purchased at the same time.


Liberty275 1 year, 10 months ago

Those all sound cool. I take it liquor stores won't be giving excessive samples. On a side note, any liquor store serving samples of Glenlivet should let us know beforehand so we can get in line early.


iron_outlaw 1 year, 10 months ago

What about getting rid of the silly 3.2% alcohol by volume law for gas stations and grocery stores?


countrygal 1 year, 10 months ago

Why do they keep tiptoeing around the liquor laws here in Kansas? When can we buy wine at the grocery store? We are foodies and moving here has been an eyeopener for purchasing wine for meals plus liquor to use in cooking. Love it when they pass liquor in grocery stores, come on Kansas!


Jean Robart 1 year, 10 months ago

Free samples at a liquor store is not a good idea. Whose bright idea was this?


gr 1 year, 10 months ago

So, is alcohol safer than a soft drink? I have heard marijuana was.


Clark Coan 1 year, 10 months ago

When do these take effect? July 1?


blindrabbit 1 year, 10 months ago

Why not set-up a dining car(s) restaurant/salon car venue on the siding near the Lawrence Visitors Center in North Lawrence. Plenty of room, could imagine a "neat" kind of place!


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