After failing to adopt a proper motion on Monday to adopt Substitute for HB 2200, the Chairman Hutton opened a quick meeting Tuesday. After apologizing for not having the correct motion yesterday to pass the bill out of committee, he requested motion.
Rep. JR Claeys made the motion to adopt HB 2200 as a substitute bill. Second by Rep. Schwab.
Sub. for HB 2200 passed 9 to 8. See bill info below.
YES: Hutton, Claeys, Couture-Lovelady, Davis, Hemsley, Kleeb, Mason, Suellentrop, Schwab (sitting in for Carpenter)
NO: Billinger, Brunk, Corbet, Curtis (sitting in for Whipple), Frownfelter, Patton, Ruiz, Ward (sitting in for Tietze),
All members voted Tuesday, but the Chair did have to vote to break another tie - this time it was 8-8.
This action sets up the House floor debate that many have been waiting for. The Speaker of the House had asserted that he wanted to have an up or down vote on Uncork this year, because the issue has been around long enough.
We have heard from many of our supporters that they want to see the bill voted down on the floor. Some are counting on the committee chairman's statement that he would not hold hearings next year if the bill is defeated.
It is very important to know if your representative and senator will support Uncork with either of these amendments. If legislators maintain their opposition to Big Box Liquor, SB 298 and HB 2200 could remain in committee.
Please speak to your senator and representative and ask if they are planning for vote for or against Uncork with these amendments.
Please generate as many calls and emails to representatives and senators as you can over the next week from employees, family, vendors, peers, and neighbors! The hotline is open and operates during business hours:
Hotline: 1-866-519-2200 Email Site for Employees/Customers/Friends: http://keepksjobs.org
Information about Sub for HB 2200
The Monday Commerce Committee vote to create Sub for HB 2200 was tied at 7 to 7 and the Chair voted to break the tie. The vote was as follows:
YES: Rep. Mark Hutton, Rep. J.R. Claeys, Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. Erin Davis, Rep. Lane Hemsley, Rep. Marvin Kleeb, Rep. Scott Schwab (replacing Carpenter), Rep. Gene Suellentrop
NO: Rep. Rick Billinger, Rep. Steve Brunk, Rep. Ken Corbet, Rep. Stan Frownfelter, Rep. Fred Patton, Rep. Louis Ruiz, Rep. Jim Ward (replacing Whipple).
Did not vote: Rep. Mason, Rep. Tietze (Both of these legislators voted yes to get the bill to the floor for a vote of the full House before, but did not assist with adopting the substitute bill today.)
Read the Proposal to Amend HB 2200 from Uncork HERE
See Chart for County Option Retailer Act License Descriptions
Read the Notes from the Committee HERE
Amy Campbell KABR Testimony Opposed to HB 2200 with County Option
Tuck Duncan KWSWA Testimony Opposed to HB 2200 with County Option
Whitney Damron KARLL Testimony Opposed to HB 2200 with County Option
David Dillon, Dillon Food Stores, Testimony Supporting HB 2200 with County Option
Mike O'Neal, Kansas Chamber, Testimony Supporting HB 2200 with County Option
Action Items: (scroll to bottom of this message for more tools)
COME TO TOPEKA ON THURSDAY FOR HOUSE ACTION!
1. Write a Letter to the Editor - we can help you with editing at KABR email.
Retailer Aaron Rosenow http://www.kansas.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article20050995.html
2. Contact your Senator and Representative – Set up a meeting. Meet in their office, your store, meet for lunch, meet for dinner or a drink. Either or both of them may end up voting on Big Box Liquor before this session ends. Legislators are home for the break and will return to Topeka for veto session April 29.
3. Communicate the issue to your customers. Signs, posters and petitions can effectively share the message of small business and preventing underage sales.
4. Generate phone calls and emails to Senators and Representatives to oppose Big Box legislation. While there are some legislators who are hearing from a lot of opponents. There are several who have told me they are discouraged at the lack of communication. Even if you know your legislator supports you – he or she needs to hear from your employees, customers, vendors, church members, community leaders, local law enforcement in order to support his or her position. You must provide that support.
Photo by Kathy Damron