Some state lawmakers want casinos to be able to serve liquor even later

Currently under state law, alcohol cannot be served between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State lawmakers said extending last call for casinos in Massachusetts will help them compete with other establishments around the country.

Included in the $40.5 billion dollar state budget for this fiscal year is language that could make last call even later at Massachusetts casinos. Currently under state law, alcohol cannot be served between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m., and the house ways and means committee included language in the budget that would allow casinos to serve liquor until 4 a.m. The potential change would impact a slots parlor in Plainville as well as the MGM Grand in Springfield and another casino under construction in Everett.

Continuing coverage: Casino news

The state is also considering reforming the laws and regulations surrounding the alcoholic beverage industry in Massachusetts as a whole. State Treasurer Deb Goldberg said the laws have been in need of an “exhaustive review for some time” and set up a task force to assess the current rules and regulations.

The task force will be holding six public hearings to discuss possible reforms to the alcohol industry, including one in Northampton on June 6.