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Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses

Associated Press - March 28, 2015 5:20 pm

Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses

GOP legislators are weighing the political risks of voting on legislation allowing supermarkets to sell stronger alcohol.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said in a Wednesday meeting of the GOP Senate caucus that the chamber needs to debate the issue as it looks ahead to the 2016 campaign. That’s because the topic has been the target major lobbying efforts by both supporters and opponents.

Supermarket and convenience store chains like Dillons, Hy-Vee and QuikTrip support the move, saying it will increase consumer choices.

But, opponents say that allowing the major chains to sell alcohol would threaten the state’s roughly 750 individually-owned liquor stores.

Republican Sen. Vicki Schmidt from Topeka said that voting on the measure would be risky because it would force lawmakers to publicly pick sides.

Iggy P Daily

March 29, 2015 at 12:35 am

really they did not care about anyone carrying a gun and innocent people getting killed or hurt but they are concerned about individually owned liquor stores. We need a big change in Topeka.

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