Governor signs bill to help groceries, convenience stores selling 'strong beer' next year

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Grocery stores that can sell strong beer when laws change next year can still collect retail sales taxes on those purchases after action by Gov. Jeff Colyer recently.

The governor signed House Bill 2502, which lets these retailers collect retail sales tax instead of the state's liquor enforcement tax, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

Groceries and convenience stores will be allowed to sell full-strength beer with up to 6-percent alcohol content starting April 1, 2019. They can currently sell so-called cereal malt beverages with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent, and there have been some discussions from beer makers about ending production of cereal malt beverages.

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