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Gov. Patrick Signs Day After Christmas Liquor Bill

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts holiday revelers, and everybody else, will be able to buy beer, wine and liquor next Monday, the day after Christmas.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday signed a bill that would allow package stores in Massachusetts to open their doors on the day after Christmas.

Under previous state law, when Christmas falls on a Sunday — as it does this year — liquor stores must also remain closed on the Monday after the holiday.

The state Legislature approved and sent to Patrick’s desk a change in the law that would permit liquor sales on the day after Christmas. The legislature was meeting informally on last week.

Patrick signed the bill after spending the weekend in Paris celebrating his wife Diane’s 60th birthday.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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