List of Legislation (Click on number to read the bill)
HB 2088 – ABC Bill to Remove Requirement for Immediate Citation
HB 2089 – ABC Bill to Clarify that Hidden Ownership is Disqualification from License
HB 2125 – Apply KS Administrative Procedures Act to ABC Regulatory Proceedings
HB 2162 – Exempting “Core Commercial Districts” from Liquor License Distance Restrictions
HB 2171 – Lottery Vending Machines
HB 2189 – Microbrewery Self-Distribution
HB 2191 – Sampling by Distributors to Retailers and Employees
HB 2331 - Caterers - amended by the House to add BYOB businesses such as Painting Studios
Legislature will take up Tax Increases on Liquor and Tobacco
With the recent updates to revenues forecasting a larger hole for legislators to fill between proposed budget expenditures and tax income, taxes will be a primary topic of conversation during the upcoming Veto Session.
Health advocates have been actively promoting the tax increase on tobacco with testimony and advertising. There has been less support for the liquor tax increase, but a study by Florida researchers suggest it could reduce alcohol related accidents - read article.
Some legislators are promoting a more broad solution - looking at general sales taxes. Others are insistent that additional budget cuts must make up the difference.
Liquor enforcement tax is the 8 percent tax that is paid on all purchases at the retail liquor store. The proposal increases that tax to 12 percent. According to the Governor’s Budget Report, the last increase in the liquor enforcement tax was 1983, when it was increased from 4 percent to 8 percent.
The last increase on cigarette taxes was in 2003 when it was increased to 79 cents per pack. The tobacco products tax has remained at 10 percent of wholesale price since 1972. The new rates would be $2.29 per pack and 25 percent of wholesale price. Read more.
The Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers offers membership to licensed retail liquor store owners in Kansas. Since 1949, the Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers has been the liquor store owners best, and only, organized voice in Topeka.
Join KABR Now! Print out the form on this website and mail or fax it. For membership information, email Stacey Harlow.
Retailer Education Seminars
The Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers offers retailer training seminars with the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. With the adoption of many new statutes and new regulations in the past three years, this education is extremely important to your business. Seminars are offered regularly from April to December at various locations throughout the state. This year, training seminars are available at regular KABR events (see calendar). Also, KABR will set up training events on request. KABR Members are eligible for two free registrations. Fees for seminars are typically around $20 per person, but can vary according to actual cost. ABC considers voluntary training to be a mitigating factor for licensee violations.
For training, sign up for upcoming conferences, or to set up a seminar, please email KABR.