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New liquor law revives happy hour in Kansas

July 1, 2012

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— Happy hour is legal once again in Kansas, and while not every bar owner has immediate plans to start offering limited-time drink specials, many are pleased they’ll stop losing business to neighboring states like Missouri.

The end of the happy-hour ban instituted by Kansas in 1985 is among numerous liquor law changes taking effect today under legislation signed by Gov. Sam Brownback in late May.

Others include letting certain wineries sell and serve their products on their premises and permitting retailers such as grocery and liquor stores to offer free samples and hold wine and beer tastings — although grocery stores still cannot sell wine and hard liquor, The Kansas City Star reported Saturday.

The 1985 ban on happy hour technically prohibited bars and restaurants from changing drink prices during the day. Lawmakers were concerned the promotions led to drunken driving by encouraging patrons to consume too much, too quickly, especially in the traditional after-work happy hour period.

But the ban had some perhaps unforeseen consequences. Many owners responded by offering daylong specials, such as well drinks for $2.50 or bottles of beer for $2. And along the state’s eastern border, patrons could simply head to the nearest Missouri bar offering happy hour.

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reality_check79 1 year, 9 months ago

Please show your source that happy hour causes an increase in dui arrests... Like to know where that load of bull came from...

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kuguardgrl13 1 year, 9 months ago

Other states seem to function just fine with happy hours. I think we can too. You avoid DUIs by encouraging bartenders to keep an eye on their patrons and make sure someone in a group is safe to drive. If you live in any of the neighborhoods around Downtown, just walk! Educate your college students to be smart and safe with alcohol. If you as a parent accept that your kid is going to drink and you teach them good habits while they're at home, it's likely they will be smart when they're on their own. We should be more worried about the frats than the bars. If you think drinking is a sin, this law isn't going to change your perceptions or affect you much at all. Taxes are still levee'd on alcohol no matter how much or how little is purchased or the price per drink, bottle, 6-pack, case, etc.

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mikekt 1 year, 9 months ago

If a thing causes social expense, wether it is smokes & their obvious connection to lung diseases & cancer which society pays for by the room/floor full's in hospitals all over the place thru Medicaid, Medicare & Private Insurance COs or alcohol drunk problems & liver & brain diseases due to alcohol toxicity, the sale of either should be fairly taxed to cover all of societies costs, in the long term, to deal with the fallout, of these self inflicted human uses, of personal choice.

Should others pay the bills for those who self afflict themselves with lung diseases & end up on a ventilator for months or on a liver transplant list from alcohol abuse in a hospital bed?......or in the back of a police car for a ride to jail, for whatever DWI or fighting?

There but for the grace of God go we..... but at what point should we start sending those industries & users the bills of their creations? Are we supposed to encourage this by paying for it quietly like that makes sense?

Don't mind paying for people with legitimate ills. Don't mind paying for government services.

Just saying that the above is a tremendous expense & that society should not subsidies others who self destruct & the industries that benefit from that. ( prohibition didn't work but society can tax these to pay for the total fall out of poor human choices ( that are like loaded revolvers that eventually discharge a cost, that it now picks up a share of. )

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 9 months ago

Wine in the grocery store would be a step out of Backwardsland ... but, alas, it was not to be.

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Kontum1972 1 year, 9 months ago

more DUI's....more money for the lawyers and the State.....but we sure can close schools...and put teachers out of work....go figure...

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 9 months ago

Brownback is counting on a Rmoney win in the fall and so knows that hard times are acomin' for the most of us. Best start sedating the electorate

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avarom 1 year, 9 months ago

Bottoms up and Cheers to Kansas.....I'll drink to that! 8-))()()()()()()

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reality_check79 1 year, 9 months ago

Dens of sin and mayhem??? The catholic church accomplishes that all by itself!!! Welcome back happy hour!!! Nice generalization that all drinking is a sin though!!! Keep thumping!!!

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autie 1 year, 9 months ago

I could care less about happy hour. I generally don't go to dens of sin and mayhem. But I wish the liquour store could sell club soda, limes and stuff. That is just stupid.

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kernal 1 year, 9 months ago

Don't give a big hooey about happy hour and booze tastings in the grocery stores. The main point of changing the law was so we could buy wine and liquor in the grocery stores.

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Acey 1 year, 9 months ago

One word: CHECKER'S.

How 'bout that store with wines on the shelf?

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JackMcKee 1 year, 9 months ago

KRichards, yes and you are correct, the employees are very helpful. The problem, it appears, is that the store has to accommodate the thousands of students the city dropped in the mostly residential area, so the new 15 foot long Ramen Noodle aisle is taking up space that would be dedicated to something more appealing to a mature pallet.

The produce has always been bad.

The answer, it seems, is to drive to Dillons.

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overplayedhistory 1 year, 9 months ago

Cheap booze after work, Schools getting cut, and no abortions. Now that is a winning combination.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 9 months ago

I do want to give a shout out to Chef Dave, one of the things the store does right. Great guy with some really excellent cooking tips.

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Matthew Herbert 1 year, 9 months ago

Great law change. If you were opposed to alcohol consumption, you'll still be opposed to it- this law doesn't alter your perception of 'sin'. All this law does is give power back to business owners to run their business of selling a perfectly legal product. This is a win for free market economics.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 9 months ago

liquid = liquor. damned iPhone

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JackMcKee 1 year, 9 months ago

Hyvee on Clinton Pkwy recently had a remodel/expansion. Somehow, after expanding about 5,000 sq feet their selection of products decreased. There are numerous items I used to be able to find there that are now missing. For example, sushi rice, gone. Ground Bufallo. Gone. I couldn't find Marscipone cheese a few months ago. They inexplicably run out of common items. Their produce is questionable.

And they want to convert part of the store to carry liquid? They have enough trouble serving the neighborhood as it is.

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purplesage 1 year, 9 months ago

terrible decisions to relax regulation on an addictive and deadly substance

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kusp8 1 year, 9 months ago

JJ quit posting while drunk.

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JJE007 1 year, 9 months ago

You mean I just moved to Drinkon, KS? ...without MOVING? CarEEN! Keep two eyes on the wreckage, people.

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