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LePage signs St. Patrick’s Day drinking bill

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Governor Paul LePage has signed a bill to allow bars to serve alcohol a few hours earlier on St. Patrick’s Day, which is Sunday. The governor had vowed to veto any bill that reached his desk before his proposal to pay a state debt to hospitals passed. But he signed the St. Patrick’s Day bill Friday as a goodwill gesture to Democrats, who moved closer this week toward agreement with the Republican governor on how to address the state’s $484 million Medicaid debt to hospitals. Current state law prohibits the sale of liquor on Sundays between 6 and 9 a.m.

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