VIEW PROGRAM (2 pages/tri-fold PDF brochure) The Legislative Luncheon will begin at 12 noon at the Hotel at Old Town Conference Center, 210 N Mosley. The 9 a.m. Retailer Training Seminar has been cancelled. See the program for more information.
Kansas Retailers will meet at the Wichita Hotel at Old Town for the KABR Annual Meeting and Legislative Luncheon. This is a key opportunity for retailers to meet with one another and Kansas legislators to discuss the latest news relating to Kansas liquor laws. While many members like to attend for the information - the legislative luncheon is an opportunity to share information with Kansas legislators and show our appreciation for their support of Kansas owned retail liquor stores.
Make your hotel reservations today at Hotel at Old Town, First & Mosley, 830 East First, Wichita, KS 67202. 1-316-267-4800. To Register Online or print and mail forms: October Conference Tentative Schedule, Retailer Registration, Exhibitor Registration.
Kansas Legislature will have two new members for the Special Session and two more in January 2014
Governor Brownback issued a proclamation August 6 to formally order a Special Session of the Legislature to begin at 8 a.m. September 3rd and end at 5 p.m. September 5th. The Governor's goal is to have a quick session to deal with a specific issue plus confirmation of some gubernatorial appointees, including a new member of the Kansas Court of Appeals.
The Special Session was requested by Attorney General Derek Schmidt to address the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that holds some parts of Kansas Hard 50 Sentencing statutes unconstitutional.
The House will have two new members: Bud Estes, R-Dodge City, who replaces Rep. Brian Weber who resigned to spend more time with his family and business; and Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe, a former legislator who was elected to replace Rep. Arlen Siegfreid who resigned when he was appointed by Governor Brownback to serve as the Chief Hearing Officer for the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals.
Two additional new members will join the House in January 2014, replacing Rep. Bob Grant, D-Frontenac, and Rep. Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita, both are retiring.
Kansas Legislature Passes 2013 Liquor Mega-Bill
It was a rocky road to adoption for the Conference Committee Report on HB 2199. The bill was passed on May 22, 2013 by the House of Representatives (89-23). The Senate approved the amended report May 15 (39-0). The bill was sent back to conference committee twice to remove sections that legislators in the House and the Senate ultimately opposed. Read more...
Other Legislation -
HB 2206 - the Uncork Kansas retail liquor deregulation bill was tabled by the House Commerce Committee and is not expected to see any further action this session. However, the Uncork Kansas proponents have been running paid newspaper advertisements and have been featured on radio in recent weeks. KABR members must continue to stand up to these tactics.
Read more here: By Uncork Kansas Coalition
Special thanks to our industry partners – Kansas Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association, Standard Beverage Corporation, Glazer’s of Kansas, Worldwide Wine and Spirits, and IMA Processing, LLC. We appreciate your support year round!