SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State Representative Carlos Gonzalez told 22News he’s not ready to commit either way; its tied to a House budget proposal.
It would allow alcohol to be served on the casino floor until 4:00 a.m., as long as someone was still gambling. That would leave between 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. as the only time alcohol could not be served.
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he’s not a fan of the idea. He said changing one regulation could lead to more, like smoking, which is not allowed, and then eventually the state would lose control of the industry.
Representative Gonzalez said, “Sometimes spacing it out when people are leaving is probably better, but also I think we need to take into consideration the local small businesses that will be impacted by having somebody go somewhere else when they could stay there longer.”
Right now, the only casino to have an alcohol license is the Plainridge Park Slots facility. Several other states have laws that allow alcohol at casinos until 4:00 a.m.