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 2223 - Initially a bill to streamline required notifications by caterers and allow a drinking establishment to dispense alcohol from containers used to mix, chill or infuse alcohol. Currently, alcohol is only to be dispensed from the original container. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee amended to move the caterers section to HB 2331 and add language from the ABC to clarify that self-dispensing by customers is not allowed. The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee added provision of HB 2088 - ABC Citation requirements as amended by Senate Committee; HB 2089 - ABC Bill to Clarify that Hidden Ownership is Disqualification from License as introduced; HB 2125 KS Admin Procedures Act as amended by House Federal and State Affairs Committee; HB 2191 Sampling by Distributors to Retailers and Employees as introduced.
HB 2331 - Initially a bill allow catering on public property. Amended by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee to insert the catering notification requirements from HB 2223. Amended by full House to allow cities to pass ordinances allowing liquor retailers, microbreweries, microdistilleries, and farm wineries to locate within 200 feet of schools, college or church in a "core commercial district"; add more State Fair Temporary Permits and to allow BYOB businesses such as Painting Studios without licenses. An amendment to allow chain liquor stores failed. The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee added a section allowing wineries holding special order shipping permits to market wines and receive order though any means of communication, including in-home parties; and amended the BYOB section to create a $25 art studio permit.
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.
Read the Joint Industry Letter recently distributed opposing Senate proposal to increase gallonage and enforcement taxes on liquor in the form of Senate Sub for HB 2109.
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.