SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some state lawmakers want Massachusetts casinos to be able to serve alcohol past 2:00 in the morning.
The House Ways and Means Committee included language in the budget that could make “last call” two hours later at casinos.
Currently, establishments cannot serve alcohol between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Some state lawmakers said allowing casinos to serve later could help them be more competitive with out-of-state casinos. Bars and restaurants would still have the 2:00 a.m. cutoff time.
One downtown Springfield establishment said they wouldn’t want to extend serving hours.
“It’s always been a sticking point with Springfield, especially with staying open later, police already have trouble enough at 2:00 a.m., I’m sure they don’t want trouble at 4:00 a.m., ” said Keith Makarowski, of Theodore’s.
The state is also evaluating the laws regulating the alcohol industry as a whole. The treasurer’s office is holding six public hearings to talk about potential reforms. One of those forums is scheduled to take place in Northampton in June.