|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.
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
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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.
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