This editorial appeared in The Kansas City Star.
Already worn out from trying to balance the budget, some Kansas legislators are ready for a beer break.
Up for consideration in the House and Senate are bills calling for an end to the requirement that beer sold in supermarkets and convenience stores have an alcohol content no greater than 3.2 percent.
Here’s hoisting a glass to those efforts.
The lower-alcohol beer, also called "cereal malt beverage," is a holdover from the state's dry past, when it was sold legally to get around a longstanding ban on stronger alcohol. Later it was sold as an exception to the 21-year-old drinking age.
But Prohibition is long gone, and the state — to avoid the loss of federal highway funds — had to quit indulging the older teenagers.
Now the only reason for the 3.2 beer requirement is to keep the liquor store owners happy.
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