OLCC may end happy hour ad ban.

KATU reports, “Happy hour in Oregon is legal but advertising it is not. Bar owners said the ban hurts them especially in the current economic environment. They said they need all the help they can get, and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission agrees: It is considering dropping a two-decade old ban on ads for discounted drinks. The reason? The OLCC regulatory director, Linda Ignowski, said the ban is difficult to enforce, evidenced by looking at the Internet.”Practically every Web site you go to will have a happy hour,” said Ignowski. “That’s advertising outside the premises. Blogs Facebooks, how do we control that? It’s time to question where that’s valid anymore.”

Notice how OLCC does not say that this is the right thing to do, but rather they say that they are just giving up because they cannot enforce it.