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House Commerce Committee Narrowly Approves Inserting County Option into Sub for HB 2200 but Must Re-Vote to Pass Bill Out

04 May 2015 8:13 PM | Anonymous

House Commerce Committee Narrowly Approves Inserting County Option into Sub for HB 2200 but Must Re-Vote to Pass Bill Out  - Don't forget to thank our supporters!

The House Commerce Committee held a limited public hearing on adding county option to HB 2200 - the Big Box Liquor bill.   Many were surprised to learn that the new language did more than just create a county option.  It changes several elements of the bill, including creating a third class of license for the liquor stores - which has different requirements than the class A and class B licenses. 

The motion to create a substitute bill including the new language narrowly passed - the vote was 7 to 7, with the Chairman voting aye to pass the motion.   There was confusion after the meeting as to whether or not the bill was actually passed out of the committee or simply amended.  We learned this evening that the Committee will have to vote again in order to pass the bill to the full House - because the language of the motion was not phrased properly to include passing the bill.  A changed vote by one person could halt the bill's progress and shut down Uncork for the year.  

 
The vote was as follows:

YES:  Rep. Mark Hutton, Rep. J.R. Claeys, Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. Erin Davis, Rep. Lane Hemsley, Rep. Marvin Kleeb, Rep. Scott Schwab (replacing Carpenter), Rep. Gene Suellentrop

NO:  Rep. Rick Billinger, Rep. Steve Brunk, Rep. Ken Corbet, Rep. Stan Frownfelter, Rep. Fred Patton, Rep. Louis Ruiz, Rep. Jim Ward (replacing Whipple).

Did not vote:  Rep. Mason, Rep. Tietze  (Both of these legislators voted yes to get the bill to the floor for a vote of the full House before, but did not assist with adopting the substitute bill today.) 

Read the Proposal to Amend HB 2200 from Uncork HERE

See Chart for County Option Retailer Act License Descriptions

Read the Notes from the Committee HERE

Amy Campbell KABR Testimony Opposed to HB 2200 with County Option

Tuck Duncan KWSWA Testimony Opposed to HB 2200 with County Option

Whitney Damron KARLL Testimony Opposed to HB 2200 with County Option

David Dillon, Dillon Food Stores, Testimony Supporting HB 2200 with County Option

Mike O'Neal, Kansas Chamber, Testimony Supporting HB 2200 with County Option


 

The House Could Debate Sub for HB 2200 As Early As Thursday - Senate Delays Liquor Bill Debate

URGENT:  It is very important to know if your representative and senator will support Uncork with either of these amendments.  If legislators maintain their opposition to Big Box Liquor, SB 298 and HB 2200 could remain in committee.

Please speak to your senator and representative and ask if they are planning for vote for or against Uncork with these amendments.  

Please generate as many calls and emails to representatives and senators as you can over the next week from employees, family, vendors, peers, and neighbors!  The hotline is open and operates during business hours:  

Hotline:  1-866-519-2200     Email Site for Employees/Customers/Friends:  http://keepksjobs.org

                                                 

House Commerce Committee:

Chair

Vice Chair

Ranking Minority Member

Members


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