Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 176: Establishing a special commission on the laws and regulations governing the alcoholic beverage industry

Date: 03/28/1980
Issuer: Edward J. King
Mass Register: No. 205
Revoked by: Executive Order 383

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WHEREAS, many laws and regulations governing the alcoholic beverage industry in Massachusetts have become archaic or have been amended so frequently that their interpretation has become vague and misleading; and

WHEREAS, consumers, sellers and distributors have all suffered as a result of this confusion; and WHEREAS, the alcoholic beverage industry generates approximately $90 million in important tax revenues for the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the economic future of our Commonwealth will be strengthened by the simplification and streamlining of laws and regulations pertaining to commerce;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward J. King, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme executive magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

1. There is hereby created a Special Commission on the Laws and Regulations Governing the Alcoholic Beverage Industry to consist of fourteen members appointed by the Governor. They shall include two designees of the President of the Senate, two designees of the Speaker of the House, two representatives of the retail alcohol industry, two representatives of the wholesale alcohol industry, two representatives of the malt beverage industry, a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, a representative of the restaurant industry, a representative of a labor organization whose membership includes a substantial number employed in the alcoholic beverage industry, and a consumer representative. From the membership, the Governor shall designate a Chairperson.

2. The Commission shall review all laws and regulations pertaining to the licensing of establishments selling alcoholic beverages and the sale and supply of alcoholic beverages in general and shall report within 60 days of its establishment measures necessary to implement proper reform of the existing statutes in this area, including recommended legislation for the present legislative session. After consulting with the Governor's Commission to Simplify Rules and Regulations (Executive Order No. 155), the Commission shall also report, if necessary, measures to implement proper regulations in this area.

3. All State departments and agencies shall cooperate with the Commission in its activities. 4. The Commission will continue in existence until its recommendations have been implemented or until abolished or restructured by further Executive Order.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 28th day of March in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighty and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred and four.

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