Today, there are very important issues going on in Topeka. Liquor sales in grocery stores and convenience stores are being pushed by Dillons, Quik-Trip, HyVee, and big box stores to increase the sale of hard liquor outlets from 752 to over 3500.
As defined by the Kansas Department of Revenue, “The ABC Division is the state’s regulatory authority for enforcing Kansas liquor laws through the issue of state licenses and permits, monitoring product flow, conducting compliance reviews of licensed premises and enforcing restrictions on underage access to alcoholic beverages and a variety of other statutory violations.” The head of ABC, has been trying to increase his staff just to regulate those, can you imagine regulating 3500? This will not work.
Some of the problems are that 18 year olds who cannot drink will be selling this and stocking shelves. A loss of small businesses and jobs in Kansas. People with a propensity toward alcoholism, are not forced to walk into liquor stores on a regular basis. In fact, they can avoid it all together. However, going to the grocery store or buying gas is something we do several times per week. These corporations have high paid lobbyist that are working to close down family owned business here in Kansas.
Please consider what this means for Kansas.
Please contact the commerce committee to voice your objections to this here at http://www.ksrevenue.org/abc.html