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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.

A Kansas House committee will soon consider a proposal to phase in sales of strong beer, wine and liquor at grocery and convenience stores.

The measure allows liquor store owners to sell their licenses to other retailers in the same county, starting in July of 2015.

Kansas currently permits groceries and convenience stores to sell only weak "3-2" beer. The bill would let them start selling stronger beer in 2017, wine by 2020, and liquor by 2024.

Salina Liquor Stores Will Soon Sell On Sundays

Jun 4, 2013

City commissioners in Salina have voted to allow sales of packaged liquor on Sundays and three designated holidays.

Monday's unanimous vote clears the way for the new ordinance to take effect in 61 days, unless a petition is filed to block it.

The petition would have to be signed by 25 percent of the registered voters who participated in the most recent city election.

Salina businesses will be able to sell packaged retail liquor between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays and on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

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A proposed change to Kansas alcohol laws would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and liquor. Currently, wine and spirits are only available at dedicated liquor stores.

A House committee heard from supporters and opponents of the bill Thursday.

The committee room was packed with people interested in the bill, including Jon McCormick with the Kansas Food Dealers Association. McCormick told legislators that current laws cause some Kansans to drive across the state line to buy alcohol.