Mass. budget could allow casinos to sale alcohol past 2 a.m.

Mass. budget could allow casinos to sale alcohol past 2 a.m.

April 20, 2017 9:14 AM
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The Massachusetts House Ways and Means budget, set for debate next week, includes a language allowing that state’s Gaming Commission to issue beverage licenses to casino operators permitting the sale of alcohol beyond the hour of 2 a.m.

Alcohol sales would be banned only between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. under the proposal, allowing casinos two additional hours for service beyond the 2 a.m. limit for bars and restaurants.

In an April 11th statement, Massachusetts House Ways and Means spokesman Christopher Bennett said, "The section was included in order to help maximize the potential of the gaming industry in Massachusetts. As we get nearer to the opening of the facilities and six years past the creation of the law, we need to take into account the changes in the marketplace, and ensure competitiveness.

New major casinos/resorts in Everett (Wynn Resorts) near Boston and Springfield (MGM International) are well into construction in the state.