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2017 Legislative Session Begins
The Kansas Legislature convened for the 2017 Legislative Session today, January 9, in Topeka.
The Governor’s State of the State speech will be 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, and the House and Senate budget committees will receive the Governor’s Budget Proposal Wednesday morning. We have been told that the Governor will be proposing revenues from the liquor industry. We do not know if it will be in the form of increased gallonage and/or liquor enforcement taxes, or if it will include the Uncork proposal to raise state general funds by allowing grocery and big box stores to buy into the retail liquor system with large up-front licensing fees. Shawn Sullivan, Budget Director, will present the report to the House Appropriations and Taxation Committees at 9:00 a.m. and Senate Ways and Means Committee at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. That report will be posted at the Governor's Budget website at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday - http://budget.ks.gov .
We do expect to see hearings this session on Uncork proposals. It is also possible that the convenience stores will be pursuing a separate bill for Strong Beer. Beer and wine are likely to be the focus of the Big Box Stores' efforts this year. They are touting the Oklahoma constitutional change adopted by a public vote in November.
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KABR Has a New Dues Structure.
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 organized voice in Topeka.
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.
Retailers attend legislative hearings. Photo by Kathy Damron.