Kansas governor signs bill allowing full-strength beer in grocery stores

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas grocery and convenience stores can start stocking full-strength beer in two years under a bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday.

The Senate passed the bill 27-11 earlier this month. The House passed it 80-45.

Under the bill, which goes into effect in July of 2019, grocery and convenience stores can sell beer with up to 6 percent alcohol by volume, while liquor stores could sell more non-alcoholic products, like mixers, shot glasses, lottery tickets and tobacco products.

Some lawmakers were concerned that large grocery chains stocking full-strength beer could put small liquor stores out of business.

The bill is a compromise between the two industries and their associations after a years-long effort to get wine, liquor and full-strength beer into grocery and convenience stores.

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