Lawmakers Looking Into Liquor Selling Laws

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas lawmakers are once again facing a proposal to let grocery and convenience stores sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer. But supporters of existing laws are ready for this year's fight with a poll showing most Kansans are on their side.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) the poll of 500 likely voters in 2014 was commissioned by a coalition called Keep Kansans in Business. The group represents the interests of the state's 750 locally owned liquor stores, which now have the exclusive right to sell anything other than wine coolers or so-called weak beer.

Two-thirds of those surveyed by the national research firm Public Opinion Strategies said they oppose the expansion of liquor sales to grocery and convenience stores. About the same number said the change would be bad for the Kansas economy.