Barton Commission Revises Liquor Sales Hours on Sundays | State News
July 16 — The number of days beer and liquor can be purchased in rural Barton County remains the same, but the number of hours it can be purchased on Sundays has been a bit shorter following the action of the county commission Monday morning.
In response to changes made by the Kansas legislature this year, commissioners on June 21 changed the times these sales may be permitted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., instead of the previous noon at 8 p.m. However, on Monday, a revised resolution was approved setting those times from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
County Councilor Patrick Hoffman said there had been only one oversight in interpreting the new state law. It imposes the end of sales at 8 p.m. on Sunday, requiring this corrective resolution.
The updated resolution has no impact on other days of the week and will still allow sales on Remembrance Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, which were previously banned. These are the retail sales of alcoholic beverages sold in their original container.
County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said the resolution would be re-published once, within two weeks of its passage, in the Great Bend Tribune. The resolution takes effect 61 days after its publication, unless a sufficient referendum request is filed, requiring a vote on the new resolution, in which case it would become effective upon approval by a majority of voters.
A petition should include the valid signatures of 5% of registered voters in the affected area who voted in the last presidential election, Zimmerman said.
According to state law, the commission will “call” a special election within 45 days of the filing of the petition, unless there is a general election within that time period, which is not the date. case.
During the legislative session of 2021, the legislature passed amendments to the laws on liquor control, clubs and drinking establishments, cereal malt beverages and liquor enforcement laws, a County Councilor Hoffman said, referring to the passage of Bill 2137 which expanded Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages.
The issue was brought to the county’s attention by the owners of The Outer Limits. Located just north of Great Bend, this is the county’s only unincorporated area liquor store.
Prior to November 30, 2015, no one could sell alcoholic beverages or cereal malt beverages in the original packaging on Sundays outside of city limits. The 2015 resolution authorized such sales every Sunday, except Easter, between noon and 8 p.m. in the rural area of the county.
The noon to 8 p.m. schedule had been in place since November 2015.