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Crosby: Later hours for casinos never a topic at meetings

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has “never talked about” extending alcohol serving hours at casinos, its chairman said, though House lawmakers recently made a move to grant the panel that authority.

The House Ways and Means budget set for debate next week includes an outside section that would allow the commission to issue beverage licenses to casino operators permitting the sale of alcohol beyond the hour of 2 a.m. to any patron actively engaged in gaming.

“It’s a legislative proposal,” Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby told the News Service on Wednesday. “It’s up to them and if we’re given the authority we’ll consider it, and if we’re not, we won’t. That’s pretty much the bottom line.”

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

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