Special events drinking bill passes the House

TOPEKA – The House voted 110-13 for a bill that allows alcohol to be served at special events like Final Friday.

House Bill 2180 allows cities to issue temporary special permits for events that can then serve drinks such as wine, strong beer or mixed drinks. Currently, events such as the River Festival can have outdoor beer gardens serving 3.2 beer in a confined area.

Wichita has pushed the bill as a way to enhance the quality of life in the city and to attract more young people to build lives in the city.

Senate committee considers alcohol related bills

TOPEKA – The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee could vote on three bills this morning that would impact how and where Kansas purchase alcohol.

The proposals are:

  • Senate Bill 213, which would expand the currently allowed beer gardens at special events to encompass larger areas and sell alcohol.

  • SB 212, which would allow wineries to ship directly to private residences.

  • SB 76, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full strength beer.

If the measures are approved, they will be sent to the full Senate for a debate.