Kansas House gives tentative OK to ‘happy hour’ bill

03/06/2012 5:00 AM

03/06/2012 1:46 PM

Bars and restaurants could offer reduced price drinks for a specific amount of time, such as a 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour, under a bill tentatively approved by the House this morning.

Currently, establishments can offer cheaper drinks only if they do so during all their regular business hours, essentially allowing them to offer happy days — but not happy hours.

Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, said that the bill, HB2550, will allow business owners who operate near the state line in the Kansas City area to be more competitive with Missouri establishments. He suggested that the all-day cheaper drinks are more likely to promote irresponsible drinking than specials that offer cheap drinks for only a few hours.

The House is expected to vote again on the bill Wednesday. If approved, it will move to a Senate committee for more discussion.

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