The Kansas Legislature is grinding its way toward spring break with First Adjournment on Friday, April 9. This week has been mostly reserved for conference committees on the bills that have passed both chambers, or were lucky enough to be dropped into a different bill that has passed both chambers. KABR still had one significant piece of legislation that still needed to clear the Senate, and that was accomplished today with Senate Sub for HB 2138 passing the Senate 33-6. Members have received an update on 2138, and the unfriendly amendment added yesterday to reverse the changes to summer holidays. KABR supports separating summer holidays from Sunday sales ordinances in order to allow liquor stores to choose to open on Labor Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day whether or not the local government has adopted Sunday sales. The grocery and convenience stores are already open and selling strong beer on those holidays. KABR will work to have the unfriendly amendment changed by the conference committee. 2138 also allows earlier hours on Sundays in areas where the local government adopts an ordinance to do so - the House version is 9:00 a.m. and the Senate version is 10:00 a.m. This will also be negotiated by the conference committee.
See more info in the powerpoint from the most recent Update for Retailers March 31.