Currently, only liquor stores can sell regular packaged beer.
Other retailers are limited to stocking cereal-malt beverages, sometimes called ``weak'' or ``3.2'' beer.
Advocates say the market for these products, first introduced in 1937, largely disappeared when the state raised the minimum drinking age to 21 in 1985.
Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, says similar bills have been stopped in the past and will likely run into well-organized resistance again from businesses seeking to avoid competition.
The Legislature also tends to protect locally owned liquor stores from national chains.
Some of those opponents already are criticizing the bill as an attempt by supermarkets and convenience stores to eventually push for the sale of liquor and wine.
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