Beacon Hill Revisiting Happy Hour Ban As New Poll Data Shows Support


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new poll from MassINC showed that 70% of Massachusetts residents are in favor of bringing back happy hour in the state.

State Rep. Mike Connolly tweeted about the poll on Wednesday, and said he has filed “legislation that will bring stakeholders together to revisit the state’s ban on Happy Hour, in place since 1984.”

Bill HD.3896 is called “An Act providing for immediate and long-term relief for restaurants and bars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Along with State Rep. Connolly, it is cosponsored by State Reps. Michelle DuBois and Marcos Devers.

At a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker said he would “start as a skeptic of going back to the way we ran Happy Hours.”

“That law did not come about by accident,” Baker said. “It came about because there was a sustained series of tragedies that involved both young and older people in some terrible highway incidents, all of which tracked back to people who have been overserved.”

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