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Kansas Liquor History
Timeline


1880

Kansas becomes the first state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting alcohol.
1890

"Supreme Court saloons" spring up after ruling allows importation of liquor in "original packages."
1900
Carry Nation is making herself known.
1919
The 18th amendment to the U. S. Constitution is passed.
1933

Congress sends the 21st Amendment (repealing Prohibition) to the state for ratification and legalizes 3.2 beer.
1937

Kansas legislature loosens the liquor laws to allow the sale of 3.2 beer.
1948

Kansans repeal the constitutional ban on alcohol, legalizing the sale of package liquor.
1965

Legislature acts to legalize "bottle clubs" operating illegally in the state, by passing the private club law.
1979

An attorney general's opinion leads to the passage of a law allowing the sale of liquor by the drink in private clubs.
1986




The state passes liquor by the drink, depending on the county. In 1986, only 39 out of 105 counties voted for liquor by the drink. as of 1996, 47 out of 105 counties has liquor by the drink, 10 of those with no food requirement (Ellis County being one of those 10). Kansas is still a fairly dry state.



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