Kansas House members have approved a bill that would reinstate happy hour at bars, restaurants, and clubs across the state.

The vote Wednesday was 80-41, sending the bill to the Senate, which has already approved a similar measure.

The intent is to repeal a law that prohibits businesses that sell alcoholic drinks from setting different prices at different times of the day. The ban on happy hour dates to 1985 when legislators worried about increasing alcohol abuse.

Legislators are considering more than a dozen liquor bills this year to loosen state laws that dictate who can sell beer, wine and hard liquor and under what conditions.

A House committee reviewed a proposal Tuesday that eventually would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer and wine.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.