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“Happy Hour” Amendment Off The Table?

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – There could be a victory for those fighting the so-called Happy Hour Amendment.

Senator Robert Hedlund and supporters of his Restaurant Equality Amendment are asking the casino bill conference committee to remove the Restaurant Protection Amendment and replace it with a review of current state laws.

This comes in response to intense opposition from advocates against drunk driving.

Supporters of the Restaurant Equality Amendment say it would equal the playing field to give restaurants the same rules as casinos, which will be able to serve free alcohol.

Victims of drunk driving and their supporters mobilized in opposition, arguing this would wipe out the state laws that restrict Happy Hour specials.

Tomorrow a group of Senators instead will ask the casino conference committee to include a comprehensive review of the current laws in the casino bill to update what they call outdated restaurant regulations.

The conference committee will have the final say on whether the amendment is removed or not.

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