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House of Representatives to Vote on Big Box / County Option Bill Thursday - Sub. for HB 2200 - This is the up or down vote many have waited for...

05 May 2015 2:21 PM | Anonymous

After failing to adopt a proper motion on Monday to adopt Substitute for HB 2200, the Chairman Hutton opened a quick meeting Tuesday.  After apologizing for not having the correct motion yesterday to pass the bill out of committee, he requested motion. 

Rep. JR Claeys made the motion to adopt HB 2200 as a substitute bill.  Second by Rep. Schwab.

Sub. for HB 2200 passed 9 to 8.  See bill info below.

YES:  Hutton, Claeys, Couture-Lovelady, Davis, Hemsley, Kleeb, Mason, Suellentrop, Schwab (sitting in for Carpenter)

NO: Billinger, Brunk, Corbet, Curtis (sitting in for Whipple), Frownfelter, Patton, Ruiz, Ward (sitting in for Tietze),

All members voted Tuesday, but the Chair did have to vote to break another tie - this time it was 8-8. 

This action sets up the House floor debate that many have been waiting for.  The Speaker of the House had asserted that he wanted to have an up or down vote on Uncork this year, because the issue has been around long enough.

We have heard from many of our supporters that they want to see the bill voted down on the floor.  Some are counting on the committee chairman's statement that he would not hold hearings next year if the bill is defeated.


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


Information about Sub for HB 2200

The Monday Commerce Committee vote to create Sub for HB 2200 was tied at 7 to 7 and the Chair voted to break the tie.  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


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