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Senate approves bill allowing alcohol consumption in Statehouse


A measure allowing alcohol consumption in the Statehouse was approved today by the Senate.

Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said the proposal was aimed at allowing drinks to be served next year at an event to commemorate the completion of the lengthy Statehouse restoration project. Wagle said drinks would be sold and the profit would go to a charity.

But several senators said the bill was too broad, allowing state leaders to allow alcoholic drinks at any "official state function." "Alcohol offends some of our constituents," said Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg.

Others were upset the provision was slipped into a conference committee report without being considered as a stand-alone bill before the full House or Senate. Still, the proposal passed 29-10.


avarom 4 years, 10 months ago

Drinking and Driving.....Just Great......the State House is mentally polluted already....now we are in real trouble with their decision making. Cheers for Fears!! Hic!!

question4u 4 years, 10 months ago

Watch out if Kevin Yoder decides to drop by the Statehouse when the bar is open. Alcohol isn't the only thing likely to offend some of Pat Apple's constituents.

Larry Sturm 4 years, 10 months ago

Really set a good example for acholics. We have enough problems with acholism without congress endorsing it.

MarcoPogo 4 years, 10 months ago

So should they not serve food at these functions? We have a problem with "big folks" and "diabeetus" as well.

webmocker 4 years, 10 months ago

Have they run out of all the stupid things they can think up while sober?

somebodynew 4 years, 10 months ago

Isn't it grand (and fitting) that they even have to trick their OWN.
"Others were upset the provision was slipped into a conference committee report without being considered as a stand-alone bill before the full House or Senate."

Guess they are so used to doing it to us they just resort to what is routine !!!

fiddleback 4 years, 10 months ago

But also maybe the state's best hope. Remembering that their flasks can be visible but their Colts need to be concealed may be too much for them to keep track of...fortunately, the first person to mix this up will probably be swiftly corrected.

chootspa 4 years, 10 months ago

Remember, only a good drunk with a gun can protect us from a bad drunk with a gun.

avarom 4 years, 10 months ago

The State House renovation is so over budget, they should be deducting from the State House Senate/Legislators payroll. What the heck are they celebrating..... the budget over run?? That building was so old.....I bet the asbestos fell like snow.....Bottoms up! They should be giving free drinks to the public for putting up with all the B.S.


The 2011 Legislature added bonding authority for the Capitol restoration and renovation project for FY 2012 for the issuance of $34,300,000 in bonds for capitol restoration. Major items for the Capitol include the replacement of the roof ($11.3 million), replacement of the dome ($10.3 million), replacement of the air conditioning chillers ($2.7 million), completion of the interior finishes of the North Wing ($6.0 million), previous cost increases for the West Wing ($2.8 million), and unforeseen failure and delaminating of plaster walls in the West Wing ($1.1 million). The approved bonding authority increases the estimate for the project to $319.9 million.

tomatogrower 4 years, 10 months ago

Why doesn't a good real journalist investigate who is making a huge profit from this renovation?

avarom 4 years, 10 months ago

The landscaping was another $7 million...andI believe a grand audit is in order with ...where are the receipts?? People are starving in Kansas....and here we are dressing up the State House....like the Taj Mahal....just imagine where all the good of that money could of gone .....to people who are really in Need........ of Food, Shelter, Education and Medicine. Guess..... marble, plants, copper and concrete were more important....then the People of Kansas!! Remember this next time you vote people.....

wdl 4 years, 10 months ago

Why is this a good Idea? I have worked at a few places during my working days and I don't recall alcohol every being served or sold in any of them. As a matter of fact you could loose your job over its use or abuse. Maybe the message here is they aren't doing anything anyway so lets get juiced.

Where is Brownhack on this boondoggle. Surely he will bring hell fire and brimstone down on these clowns for even thinking it s good idea.

sci4all 4 years, 10 months ago

From the way the Legislature's been passing paranoid nanny-state bills ("gubmint so small it'll fit in your uterus!") we figured meth has been legal in the Statehouse since January 2013.

Dixie Jones 4 years, 10 months ago

im sure the kansas tax payers will pay for all the food and drinks at this function as well as the hotel stays for thoes who have consumed too much liquid igornace...

Liberty275 4 years, 10 months ago

They must be trying to get Joe Biden to come see them.

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