Bipartisan Liquor Licensing Boards

BIpartisan Liquor Licensing Boards in MassachusettsBipartisan Liquor Licensing Boards a Must

Massachusetts State Law affects make up of Licensing Boards

The Salem News reports on how a little known law in Massachusetts that requires licensing boards in the state to have at least one Democrat and one Republican is affecting the makeup of boards in Beverly and Salem.

The state law requires that members of local licensing boards “shall be appointed from each of the two leading political parties and the third member may also be appointed from one of said parties.”

Salem City Councilor Ted Siegel first pointed out the bipartisan liquor licensing board law to Salem Mayor Kim Drsicoll when she had nominated an unenrolled person for a vacancy on the board.  He explained the likely reasoning behind the law in The Salem News article.

Siegel said the law was probably intended to take politics out of the decisions of licensing boards, which approve liquor licenses and discipline businesses that violate rules governing the sale and serving of alcohol.


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