Liquor changes await Kansas governor’s approval

05/24/2013 9:44 AM

05/25/2013 5:59 PM

It only took 80 years, but the Kansas Legislature finally got around to liberalizing the alcohol consumption laws a bit more.

The Legislature has sent a bill to the governor’s office enabling nonprofit groups to have alcohol tasting fundraisers for the arts. The measure also would let hotels distribute drink coupons for use on site or at specified licensed clubs.

And that’s not all. The bill allows the sale of 64-ounce pitchers of mixed drinks. All of this liberalism is decades after Amendment 21 to the Constitution was passed and ratified in 1933 during the Great Depression, repealing the short-lived Amendment 18, establishing Prohibition.

Now if Gov. Sam Brownback signs the bill into law, he will make all of the new businesses and people he is trying to attract to Kansas a lot happier because neither the newcomers nor longtime residents will have to go to Missouri as much for enjoyment.

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