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Thursday, December 04, 2008

24-Hour Dorman: Will lawmakers mess with happy hour? Nope

Excerpted from this post at 24-Hour Dorman

The Gazette's front page carried news this morning of an effort by
Iowa City officials to convince state lawmakers to regulate drink
specials and even happy hour. Locals are working on their own city
ordinances, but they think a statewide approach would "level the
playing field" for bars. Now, we all know lawmakers like to legislate
sin. They like to tax them. They like to ban them from public places.
The indoor smoking ban is the latest evidence of legislative
vice-thumping. And binge drinking in Iowa City is a real problem, no
doubt. However, one reason lawmakers were so willing to tax smokes and
ban smoking in bars was that almost none of them smoke anymore.
Doesn't affect them. But the Legislature is still full of drinkers.

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