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Kansas House To Consider Bill That Would Expand Alcohol Sales

A Kansas House committee has approved legislation that would let convenience stores sell full-strength beer and allow grocery stores to sell beer, wine and liquor. The proposed changes, which would take effect in 2018.

Republican Rep. 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.

“So we don’t carry much beer or alcohol in the house even for entertainment because my wife doesn’t want to get it and I’m stuck here, not in a position to bring it home. So now that she can get it in the grocery store it allows us access to that market,” says Schwab.

But opponents of the bill, like Democratic Rep. Stan Frownfelter, say this will allow major grocery store and conveniences store chains to drive local liquor stores out of business.

“I don’t think this is a fair thing. I think this is a bad display of the big boy, the giant coming in and kicking the little guy,” says Frownfelter.

The bill will now go to the full Kansas House for consideration.

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