Kansas Association
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KABR Annual Retailers Conference and Elections 

October 10-12, 2014  


KABR works to represent Kansas liquor retailers through advocacy and by connecting individual retailers with policymakers.  Each year, KABR hosts the Annual Conference in Wichita in October where retailer meet from across the State of Kansas.  The conference includes a Legislative Luncheons where legislators and retailers are able to discuss current issues and concerns.  This year, KABR will also host a Kansas Industry Dinner for representatives of all levels of the Kansas liquor industry.  See information under the Calendar of Events.

If you plan to attend, please make your overnight reservations today at the Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35 located at Kellogg and Rock Road.  Call 1-316-686-7131 before September 26 to reserve your room at the rate of $92 plus tax.
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The Kansas City Retailers Conference and Legislative Luncheon in August featured a Legislative Luncheon on the 16th followed by the Retailer's Roundtable where we shared information and discussed strategy for the upcoming year.  Participants enjoyed a Friday Dinner and Spirits Tasting at Dark Horse Distillery, an open dinner at Paulo and Bill's Saturday evening, and the quarterly Board of Director's meeting on Sunday morning.


KANSAS LEGISLATORS REFUSED TO PASS UNCORK’S LEGISLATION

Will you help us say THANK YOU?

It is officially election season in Kansas again, with the House of Representatives up for election, and all statewide offices as well as congressional representation.  State Senators get to wait until 2016, unless the seat has opened up for one reason or another.  As much as we would all like to sit back and watch politics from a distance, we will have to be active over the next few months. 

How?  Support those who support you.  Plan now to be involved!  Find out who is running and where they stand.  Talk to the candidates directly.  Make a decision today how much money you can contribute, where you can post signs, and watch for public forums to attend. 

The Uncork / Big Box Liquor Bill was stalled in House committee again this year, showing no new progress.  But the committee was closely divided.  Some statehouse observers think this could be the election that will tilt the balance in the House of Representatives (or just the committee) to be more favorable to liquor deregulation.  The Uncork group continues to repeat their mantra that “it is going to happen eventually”, and some people believe that.  Kansas retailers must decide today to be active supporters of the policymakers who support our Kansas owned small businesses.  Certainly, the Big Box group will be working to influence candidates in their favor. 

When it comes to contributing to candidates, we encourage you to support your local candidates first.  We will also pass on information to you regarding key state legislators who have chosen to stand up against the heavy pressure to expand liquor sales put forward from the corporate interests in the Capitol. 

Please let us know when you participate by emailing campbell525@sbcglobal.net  That way we can know if we are getting a response.


OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Smaller stations in Gardner say it’s a tougher game since QuikTrip came to town, and now Casey’s is upgrading too.   Read the article.

                                                                                                  

(March 31)  The House and Senate Federal and State Affairs Conference Committee will meet Wednesday, April 2, at 1 p.m. in Room 144-S to work out their differences on Sub for HB 2223.  Link to bill description.  Link to HB 2223(Lobbyists are calling this the Micro Mega Liquor Bill of 2014)

                                 

 

 

KANSAS LEGISLATORS REFUSED TO PASS UNCORK’S LEGISLATION

Will you help me say THANK YOU?

It is officially election season in Kansas again, with the House of Representatives up for election, and all statewide offices as well as congressional representation.  State Senators get to wait until 2016, unless the seat has opened up for one reason or another.  As much as we would all like to sit back and watch politics from a distance, we will have to be active over the next few months. 

How?  Support those who support you.  Plan now to be involved!  Find out who is running and where they stand.  Talk to the candidates directly.  Make a decision today how much money you can contribute, where you can post signs, and watch for public forums to attend. 

The Uncork / Big Box Liquor Bill was stalled in House committee again this year, showing no new progress.  But the committee was closely divided.  Some statehouse observers think this could be the election that will tilt the balance in the House of Representatives (or just the committee) to be more favorable to liquor deregulation.  The Uncork group continues to repeat their mantra that “it is going to happen eventually”, and some people believe that.  Kansas retailers must decide today to be active supporters of the policymakers who support our Kansas owned small businesses.  Certainly, the Big Box group will be working to influence candidates in their favor. 

When it comes to contributing to candidates, we encourage you to support your local candidates first.  We will also pass on information to you regarding key state legislators who have chosen to stand up against the heavy pressure to expand liquor sales put forward from the corporate interests in the Capitol. 

Please let us know when you participate by emailing campbell525@sbcglobal.net  That way we can know if we are getting a response.


Have you paid your 2014 dues?  Please pay  ASAP 

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2014 Calendar of Events

                                           

Register for Upcoming Events

10 Oct 2014 4:00 PM • Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35, 549 S Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67207

 

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KABR Membership

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.


Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers       P.O. Box 3842, Topeka, KS  66604      Email KABR  

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