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CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PROPOSES TAX ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SOLD IN BOSTON PACKAGE STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 5, 2014, newly elected City Council President Bill Linehan filed a home rule petition for a law that would impose a 6.25% sales tax on alcoholic beverages purchased in Boston package stores.  The revenue generated from this proposed tax would be used to fund prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse Continue Reading...
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PROPOSED LEGISLATURE MAY ALLOW ON-PREMISES “POURING” LICENSES TO BE GRANTED TO OFF-PREMISES RETAIL STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Generally, in Massachusetts, a retail package store is authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off-premises only.  Such an establishment is prohibited from offering alcoholic beverages for consumption on-premises. M.G.L. c. 138, §15.  If House Bill 3420 is passed into law, however, local licensing authorities would be authorized to issue a license pursuant Continue Reading...
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WALSH ADMINISTRATION PUSHES FOR LATE-NIGHT HOURS IN THE CITY OF BOSTON

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 10, 2014, newly appointed mayor Martin Walsh named John Barros to be Boston’s first chief of economic development.  Now, Barros is moving fast to spur economic development and push for a livelier city.  Among his top priorities is a proposal for later closing hours for Boston restaurants and bars. Currently, pursuant Continue Reading...
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HOW CAN A LIQUOR LICENSE BE USED TO SECURE A LOAN?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, the holder of a liquor license can pledge his or her license to secure a loan. M.G.L. c. 138, §23.  In fact, many banks or other private lenders will not lend money to a licensee or someone seeking to purchase a license without a Pledge.  Accordingly, there are several legal requirements Continue Reading...
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ABCC HOLDS THAT “DE MINIMIS” FUNDS RAISED THROUGH ONLINE “CROWDFUNDING” NEED NOT BE DISCLOSED ON A STATE LICENSE APPLICATION

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In a decision dated November 20, 2013, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) held that “de minimis” amounts of money acquired through online “crowdfunding” websites need not be disclosed as a source of funds within an applicant’s state license application. This decision followed a September 4, 2013 hearing held at the ABCC Continue Reading...
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