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House votes to push back last call for NH bars

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Bar patrons in New Hampshire have one more reason to toast, as the House approved a proposal to push back last call to 2 a.m.

The House voted 208-123 Thursday to send the Senate a bill to allow on premises-licensees to continue operations for another hour.

Opponents argued that the bill will lead to more underage drinking - especially on college campuses - but supporters prevailed, saying the law brings New Hampshire in line with surrounding states. They added that it will generate more tax revenue to the state and create more service jobs.

The bill gives communities the option of keeping the current 1 a.m. closing time.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said she has not reviewed the bill but is willing to consider it.

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