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EXTENDED SERVING HOURS NEVER A TOPIC AT GAMING COMMISSION, CROSBY SAYS

By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 19, 2017....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.


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