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Emergency legislation opens bars early on St. Patrick's Day

6:50 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means that under state law bars can not serve alcohol until 9:00 AM.

State Representative Barry Hobbins, of Saco, has proposed an emergency piece of legislation to change that.

Under Hobbins' bill, when St. Patrick's Day falls on Sunday, bars and restaurants would be allowed to serve alcohol starting at 6:00 AM.

Hobbins says the bill gives everyone a chuckle but bars actually stand to lose quite a bit of money if they're not open at those hours.

"It's fun, everybody says you're sponsoring 'The Irish Bill' and they're all giving me high fives," explains Rep. Hobbins, "but there's more to it than just the idea of consuming a Guiness before nine o'clock in the morning. There's a lot more to the bill."

Another law before the legislature would eliminate the blue law prohibiting the sale of liquor before 9:00 AM on Sunday entirely.

Supporters of the second measure say there are a lot of third shift workers out there for which 6:00 AM is dinnertime.

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