Gov. Paul LePage is signing the bill to allow bars to open and serve alcohol a few hours earlier when St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday. That is what happens this weekend. Sunday is March 17th and that is St. Paddy’s Day.

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The problem was Gov. LePage  said he would veto any bill that reached his desk before his proposal to pay Maine’s debt to hospitals was passed.  I agree, paying that debt is very important, but he gave in a little. LePage is signing the St. Patrick's Day bill as a “goodwill gesture” on how to address the $484 million Medicaid debt to hospitals.

As it stands, Maine law prohibits the sale of liquor on Sundays between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. This bill would roll back the earliest opening to 6 a.m. when St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday.

I can’t imagine getting up and staring to drink that early on any day, but the bars that enjoy a big boost on St. Patrick’s Day say it is important to their business.  All I have to say is, if you are doing any drinking, at any time, just be safe!