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Mar 13, 2013 8:28 AM by AP

Council considers 24-hour liquor sales for casinos

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Casinos could be the only establishments in East Baton Rouge Parish allowed to sell alcohol after 2 a.m.

The Metro Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance creating a new license for the gambling facilities.

Under the proposed change, sponsored by Councilwoman Denise Marcelle, Baton Rouge casinos could buy an annual license for $5,000 to sell alcohol for 24 hours a day.

The three casinos currently operate around the clock, but are required to end alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. every day, as is the case for bars and package liquor stores, except for Sundays, when the sales are cut off from 2 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Marcelle called it a "common sense" change that would benefit the casinos economically and create jobs.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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