Wandering through Final Fridays with a glass of wine just moved a step closer to reality.
Wednesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 213 on a vote of 37-3. Republican Senators Dennis Pyle, of Hiawatha, Roger Reitz, of Manhattan, and Dick Kelsey of Goddard voted against the measure.
The proposal allows communities to permit alcoholic beverages to be served within special event areas such as Final Friday or River Festival.
Currently, events can have beer gardens serving 3.2 beer, but the bill would expand the area to the entire event and increase the beverage options.
The chamber also approved SB 212 on a 39-1 vote. The bill allows Kansans to receive up to 12 cases of wine annually from out-of-state wineries. Currently, wine shipments must be sent to a liquor store.
Both bills now go to the House for debate.