Illinois legislators are considering implementing a minimum fee for drinks sold in the state — a move that would kill Thirsty Thursday and Beer Batter promotions in minor-league ballparks.
The proposal, HB 5369. would restrict anyone selling beer and liquor lower than a minimum price set by the state. The theory is that if alcohol is more expensive, it will lead to less problem drinking and public drunkenness. Of course, that means no more dollar beers — a staple of Thirsty Thursday promotions and other in-game beer batter promotions at ballparks across the state, both on the independent and affiliated levels.
The proposal is set for a hearing on Wednesday.
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