TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas House passes a bill that would make cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars permanent in the state.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the measure would provide much-needed support to struggling hospitality businesses.
“Kansas hospitality businesses have a long road to recovery as they continue to struggle with the devastating impacts of COVID-19,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Director of State Government Relations. “Making cocktails to-go permanent provides local businesses with increased stability and a secure source of critical revenue as they get back on their feet. We are grateful the House amended HB 2137 to include cocktails to-go and look forward to seeing this measure move through the legislature.”
The advocacy group says currently, more than 30 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go. Iowa and Ohio have both made cocktails to-go permanent, and now, more than 30 states are considering allowing, extending or making permanent cocktails to-go measures.
The bill now heads to the Kansas Senate.
You can read today’s amended version of HB 2137 below.