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Kan. Senate OKs bill including capitol drinking

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Senators have approved a bill that would make changes to Kansas liquor laws, including granting authority to legislative leaders to allow alcohol at approved Statehouse functions.

The measure, which was approved 29-10 on Friday, grants the Legislative Coordinating Council the authority to allow liquor to be served in the building. The intent is to allow drinks to be served during an event in the Statehouse to mark completion of more than 10 years of renovations to the building.

Critics argue that the language could be construed to allow drinking at any approved Statehouse function, perhaps even the legislative session.

Supporters, including Senate President Susan Wagle, said the intent was to allow alcohol only for a one-time event celebrating completion of the renovation.