Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The City Council last Thursday unanimously approved putting an amendment to the city charter on the ballot next spring allowing Sunday liquor sales.

November 24, 2004

The City Council last Thursday unanimously approved putting an amendment to the city charter on the ballot next spring allowing Sunday liquor sales.

The Council agreed two weeks earlier to have City Attorney Patrick Reavey write the Charter Ordinance allowing the city to opt out of the state ban subject to the approval of voters. The measure will be on the April 5 city/school general election.

That election would only be a step in the process, Reavey told the Council. Should the measure be approved, the Council would have to pass a subsequent ordinance allowing Sunday sales at liquor stores, Reavey said.

The Council would have the authority to forbid sales on Easter Sunday or any time a significant holiday, such as Christmas, fell on Sunday, Reavey said.

Richard Brazukas, owner of Mike's Liquor, requested the change to the city charter earlier this month after voters in Olathe, Shawnee, Gardner and Edgerton approved measures like that which will be before De Soto voters in April.

Cities and counties won the right to opt out of the state's Sunday liquor store sales ban when a Kansas court ruled in 2003 that Wyandotte County and Edwardsville could do so.

Kansas Sen. Kay O'Connor said she supported Sunday liquor store sales if approved by local voters. But she said there were others in the Legislature who disapprove of Sunday liquor sales either out of religious convictions or personal experiences.

Those opposed to the Sunday sales were unsuccessful in an attempt to again ban the practice statewide last year, O'Connor said.

"I'm personally not aware of legislation being introduced, but I wouldn't be surprised," she said. "There's new people in the Legislature. I wouldn't be surprised if they did try to test the vote."

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