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Kansas City Council Committee Backs Only Minor Liquor Card Changes

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A request from the hospitality industry to put an end to individual liquor server licenses in Kansas City, Missouri, gets thumbs down from a city council committee. 

Representatives of the Restaurant Association have argued that requiring liquor cards is burdensome for workers and inconsistent with policies of other municipalities in the metro. But the Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 for only minor changes. 

Member Scott Taylor said he did not believe dropping the licensing and background check requirement would produce a floodgate of danger to the public, but he was worried about the isolated case in which dropping the licensing and background check might result in tragedy. 

“If we could prevent one more homicide by not making a change here, then I think we should leave it the way it is,” Taylor said.

The committee recommended dropping the licensing requirement for persons who only unload liquor from trucks or stock displays and eliminating the $5 temporary licenses now required for individuals serving liquor at non-profit events.

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