Editor's Note: On February 6, we asked BlueOregon readers to suggest progressive ideas that the next Oregon Legislature should enact. Over the next several weeks, we'll post some of these ideas here - and ask you to discuss them. Good idea? Bad idea? Any suggestions?
* Hard liquor sales would be allowable at any location (store, restaurant, pub or tavern) where beer and wine is sold, for an additional fee (non/prohibitive, just reflective of the additional profit to be made).
* This fee would go directly into funding for both general education and substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation programs.
* Bars, pubs & clubs would lose the limitation on operating hours. Rather than mandate that all liquor/beer/wine sales stop at 2:30am, there would be a Chicago-style mandate that, somewhere within the 24 hours of the day, alcohol sales must stop for 4 hours. This would allow danceclubs & nightclubs to set their own hours. New research suggests that, if people are allowed to stay at a club until they're ready to go home, rather than leave when the liquor control commission says so, they're less likely to have a last round at last call, finish it, then jump in their cars and drive. Also, this could encourage more of the "creative class" to consider Portland (& the rest of Oregon) a happening place where they can play as hard as they work, thus preventing brain-drain and attracting qualified in-migration to the state.
[If you have your own original progressive idea to propose, do it here: "There oughta be a law."]