Last call for casino drinks is tough call in Massachusetts

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BOSTON (AP) — Last call at casinos is proving to be a tough call for Massachusetts lawmakers.

Tucked into a proposed $40.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 is language that could allow Massachusetts casinos to serve liquor to gamblers until 4 a.m.

Currently, state law prohibits alcohol from being served between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m., although casinos are open for business 24 hours.

The House Ways and Means Committee inserted the language in the bill; supporters say the later drinking hour would help casinos compete with others around the country.

But not all lawmakers welcome a change, and final passage is far from assured.

The state’s first slots parlor, in Plainville, opened in 2015. Resort casinos are under construction in Everett and Springfield.

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