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41-803. Open saloon; definition; prohibition. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to own, maintain, operate or conduct, either directly or indirectly, an open saloon.

(b) As used in this section, "open saloon" means any place, public or private, where alcoholic liquor is sold or offered or kept for sale by the drink or in any quantity of less than 100 milliliters (3.4 fluid ounces) or sold or offered or kept for sale for consumption on the premises where sold, but does not include any premises where the sale of liquor is authorized by the club and drinking establishment act or, on and after January 1, 1988, any manufacturer, microbrewery, microdistillery or farm winery, if authorized by K.S.A. 41-305, 41-308a, 41-308b or K.S.A. 41-354, and amendments thereto.

(c) Any violation of the provisions of this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $500 and by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.

History: L. 1949, ch. 242, § 92; L. 1978, ch. 187, § 2; L. 1978, ch. 189, § 13; L. 1979, ch. 152, § 4; L. 1986, ch. 185, § 6; L. 1987, ch. 182, § 56; L. 2012, ch. 144, § 30; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Liquor Regulation, Racial Discrimination, and Private Clubs in Kansas," Elizabeth Dyson, 13 K.L.R. 135 (1964).

"Wyatt Earp and the Winelist: Is a Restaurant an 'Open Saloon'?" Barkley Clark, 47 J.B.A.K. 63 (1978).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Licensing and related provisions; farm winery; serving of samples in tasting room. 85-13.

County buildings; consumption of liquor in public places. 85-35.

Consumption of alcoholic liquor prohibited in certain places; exceptions. 88-159.

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Dispensing alcoholic liquors by the drink in exchange for coupons constitutes open saloon hereunder. State v. Larkin, 173 Kan. 112, 118, 119, 123, 244. P.2d 686.

2. Information charging defendant with commission of offense in language of statute sufficient. State v. Thomas, 177 Kan. 230, 231, 277 P.2d 577.

3. Prosecution hereunder and under K.S.A. 21-915 and 21-916; failure to instruct under K.S.A. 21-934; effect. State v. Tague, 188 Kan. 462, 363 P.2d 454.

4. Cited in upholding constitutionality of the private club act (K.S.A. 41-2601 et seq.); liquor pool not a sale constituting "open saloon." Tri-State Hotel Co. v. Londerholm, 195 Kan. 748, 749, 752, 753, 754, 755, 757, 408 P.2d 877.

5. Mentioned; action by passenger train corporation (Amtrak) to enjoin enforcement of state liquor laws. National Railroad Passenger Corporation v. Miller, 358 F. Supp. 1321, 1323, 1325.

6. 1978 amendments to this section and to K.S.A. 41-2601 et seq. authorized maintenance of open saloon in violation of Kansas constitution. State, ex rel. Schneider v. Kennedy, 225 Kan. 1, 2, 586 P.2d 276; 225 Kan. 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 25, 27, 37, 587 P.2d 844.


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