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Kansas liquor laws to change Sunday


TOPEKA -- Starting Sunday, licensed retail stores in Kansas will be able to offer taste tests of their wares in the shop, and bars and restaurants will be able to offer happy hour drink specials.

Suppliers also will be able to participate in tasting events hosted by a store. While there are no limits on the size or number of samples one person can receive, the samples must be consumed in the store.

Manufacturers also will be able to serve free samples of liquor on their premises if the manufacturer's premise is located in a county where the sales of liquor or individual drinks are permitted.

Currently, bars and restaurants can offer all day drink specials but cannot have happy hours where drinks are discounted between specific times.

With the new law, bars and restaurants also will be able to offer discounted drink prices at any time or to specific groups -- such as "ladies night" drink specials.