A bill allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer is on its way to Governor Sam Brownback. The measure is being characterized as a compromise in the long-running battle between large grocery and convenience store chains, and groups representing liquor store owners. Liquor retailers will give up their exclusive right to sell beer with an alcohol content of greater than 3.2 percent. But Representative Tom Cox, a Shawnee Republican, says they'll get something in exchange:
The bill passed by wide margins in both houses, but some lawmakers remain concerned that the change will force many "mom-and-pop" liquor stores out of business.