AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House and Senate have given final approval to a bill to allow bars to serve alcohol a few hours earlier when St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, as it does this weekend.
The governor has vowed to veto any bill that reaches his desk before his bill to pay a state debt to hospitals is passed, but there's speculation in the State House that he'll sign the St. Patrick's Day bill as a friendly gesture to Democrats. Earlier this week, the Republican governor and Democratic majority made strides in solving their differences on the hospital issue.
Current state law prohibits the sale of liquor on Sunday between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. The bill would change the opening to 6 a.m.
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