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 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.