The longtime ban was put in place after a woman was killed by a drunk driver who'd indulged in one (or two) too many happy hour drinks. It continues to be defended as a way of keeping citizens safe.As for the economic argument, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission believes lifting the ban would do nothing to help the bottom line of restaurants and bars. Or at least according to the establishments they've talked to: "Many restaurant owners feared the changes would create a 'race to the bottom,'" claims the agency, "in which establishments would try to undercut each other's prices to the extent that their business models would no longer be viable." Meanwhile Kansas, ducking its supposed reputation as a red state that frowns on fun, has ended its prohibition on happy hour after a decades-long Highball hiatus post-high noon. Via the Consumerist, the Boston Globe and the Kansas City Star.
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