Uncork Kansas Legislation to Modernize State Liquor Laws Passes Committee
HB 2200, offering Kansans choice and convenience while stimulating the economy, continues moving forward
TOPEKA, KAN. —February 23, 2015 – In a victory for consumers, the Kansas House Committee on Commerce passed a 10-7 vote to send HB 2200 onto the House of Representatives for consideration.
With HB 2200, grocery and convenience stores will be allowed to sale regular strength beer and would no longer be required to sell only 3.2% beverages. The bill will also permit grocery stores to purchase a liquor license from an existing owner to retail wine and spirits. This provides existing liquor store owners with options as Kansas transitions to a stronger free market environment for adult beverage sales. The bill will foster economic growth, recapture lost sales to bordering states, and provide Kansans the choice and convenience of where to purchase legal adult beverages.
“Today is a major step forward for the Uncork Kansas effort and a great day for Kansas consumers," said Dave Dillon, Chairman of Uncork Kansas. "We would like to share our appreciation to the committee and to all Kansans who voiced their support. We urge Kansans to continue to contact their legislators in support of this bill."
Now that the bill is out of committee, it will go to the House for a floor vote. In other words, there is still more to do! You can help by contacting your Representative and Senator. Please send an email via www.uncorkkansas.com/support. Upon achieving a vote count in the House with 63 favorable votes, the issue will move to the Senate. Stay with us - this is the year for Uncork Kansas legislation to pass!
Check out this news clip - http://ksnt.com/2015/02/23/state-lawmakers-pass-kansas-uncork-bill/