The Senate on Thursday approved an alcohol bill allowing “bring your own bottle” for businesses, after it was watered down to address Wichita concerns it would open the way for after-hours clubs.
The measure, HB 2223, also would allow drinking in the state Capitol building during official functions and during catered events on other public property.
The bill passed 30-6. It now returns to the House for a final vote.
It had gotten bounced around in the legislative process mostly because of the bring-your-own-bottle provision. It was originally put in the bill as a way to allow participants in art studio painting parties to bring their own wine.
But a floor amendment by Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, extend BYOB privileges to all businesses.
That drew opposition from Wichita, where city officials and police worried it could be used by after-hours clubs to keep the drinking going beyond the 2 a.m. cutoff for alcohol sales in bars.