Kansas City will soon loosen restrictions that previously have prevented people convicted of certain felonies from serving liquor in places of business.
The Kansas City Council approved changes to the city’s liquor card program on Thursday.
Thursday’s approval marks a compromise that maintains restrictions on people who have been found guilty of violent crimes like rape and murder.
Under the current system, anyone who sells alcohol in places of business must submit to a background check and pay a $40 fee to get a liquor card. Some ex-offenders cannot get cards.
But the new rules will allow most people convicted of nonviolent felonies to get liquor cards, thus enabling them to sell alcohol in places like bars, restaurants, stadiums and liquor stores.
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