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Kansas cities may soon be able to designate districts where patrons can move among bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, drinks in hand.

Both the House and Senate have passed versions of a bill that would allow areas similar to Kansas City, Missouri's Power and Light District, where patrons can leave bars with their alcoholic beverages and move around a common area. Lawmakers are working toward a resolution between the two versions.

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A years-long effort by Kansas grocery and convenience stores that want to sell more alcoholic products culminated in a compromise on Friday when lawmakers agreed to allow them to sell full-strength beer and allow liquor stores to sell more non-alcoholic products.

Uncork Kansas, a group representing grocery and convenience stores, has been advocating for the stores' ability to sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor in a state that the temperance movement led in part by famed bar-raider Carry Nation kept dry for nearly 70 years. National prohibition lasted just 14 years.

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An advocacy group is making another push this year to broaden sales of wine and beer Kansas. The group Uncork Kansas is proposing a bill that would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer and wine.

In the past, opponents claimed that expanding the sale of alcohol would hurt small businesses, namely liquor stores. Jessica Lucas, with Uncork Kansas, says the new bill tries to satisfy those concerns.

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The Kansas Senate has rejected a measure to allow supermarkets and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer.

The Senate voted 26-11 yesterday against adding the proposal to a bill on alcohol regulations. The Senate later approved the bill on a 31-5 vote.

Supermarkets and convenience stores in Kansas now can sell only beer with 3.2 percent alcohol. Stronger alcoholic drinks can only be sold in the state's roughly 750 individually-owned liquor stores.

The issue of expanding alcohol sales has generated fierce lobbying efforts on both sides.

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Kansas counties would be allowed to expand liquor licenses under a bill being discussed by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee is holding a hearing today to discuss the issue.

The bill would allow supermarkets and other retailers to sell liquor, wine and full-strength beer in counties that approve the measure through a local election.

Supporters say it would be more convenient for consumers, but opponents say it would hurt the state's roughly 750 individually owned liquor stores.

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Health advocates and business owners are divided over proposed increases in cigarette and alcohol taxes in Kansas.

The Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee considered the measures on Tuesday. Governor Sam Brownback recommended the moves in January as a part of his budget proposals.

The cigarette tax would jump by $1.50 per pack to $2.29, and the tax paid by consumers at liquor stores would increase to 12 percent, up from 8 percent.

Health advocates testified for the bill, saying that increasing prices is the best way to get smokers to quit.

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A Kansas House committee has approved legislation that would let convenience stores sell full-strength beer. It would also allow grocery stores to sell beer, wine and liquor. Stephen Koranda reports on the proposed changes, which would take effect in 2018.

Republican Representative Scott Schwab says this change will be convenient for Kansas consumers. He says in his family, his wife doesn’t want to go to a liquor store while out shopping.

A new report by the Kansas Health Institute lays out the potential health effects of expanding liquor licenses to grocery and convenience stores in Kansas.

    

State lawmakers are trying to help Kansas microbreweries by increasing the amount of beer they can make each year.

The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that raises the limit on microbrewery manufacturing--from 15,000 barrels to 30,000 barrels of beer a year.

The Senate's 40-0 vote sends the measure to the House.

Kansas has four microbreweries, and backers of the bill have said at least two of them are approaching the production limits.

Supporters also believe increasing the limit will encourage the growth of the state's craft-brewing industry.

A Kansas House committee chairman has outlined a proposal for phasing in sales of strong beer, wine and liquor in grocery and convenience stores.

Chairman Marvin Kleeb unveiled his proposal on Thursday during a meeting of his Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee.

The panel is considering a bill to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell strong beer, wine and liquor by July 2024.

Kleeb's plan also phases in such sales by July 2024, but contains additional provisions to prevent existing liquor store owners from losing business before then.

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