Baker says he’s OK with state’s ban on happy hour

Massachusetts is among a few states that still have such bans

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BOSTON (AP) — Anyone pining for a return of the happy hour in Massachusetts bars and restaurants won’t be happy with Gov. Charlie Baker’s support for the three-decade ban.

During his monthly “Ask the Governor” program on WGBH-FM Thursday, a caller asked the Republican if he’d consider lifting the state prohibition against discounted drinks served at certain hours.

Baker said that although it might make him an “old fuddy duddy,” he said he had no problem with the ban.

He recalled that the 1984 law was passed after tragic accidents involving people who had been “over-served” during happy hours and other drink promotions.

Massachusetts is among a few states that still have such bans. Illinois recently repealed portions of its 1989 law that restricted discounting alcoholic drinks.

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