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.