Kansas House panel passes bill to allow stronger beer in grocery stores

Daniel Salazar reports for The Wichita Eagle:

Lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow stores like Dillons and QuikTrip to sell a stronger type of beer to customers starting in 2019.

The plan that passed a committee in the Kansas House is a compromise forged by big box stores and some liquor stores in response to alcohol law changes in neighboring Colorado and Oklahoma.

The two sides have often bitterly opposed each other in nearly annual battles at the Legislature over legislation proposed by Uncork Kansas to allow strong beer and wine on grocery and convenience store shelves.

The plan would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer with an alcoholic content of 6 percent by volume, said Rep. Erin Davis, R-Olathe. Those stores can currently only sell beer with an alcoholic content of 3.2 percent by weight.

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