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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2006         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 273


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



William Smitty Pignatelli


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act regulating the sale of malt beverages.






William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2006        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 273

By Mr. Pignatelli of Lenox, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 273) of William Smitty Pignatelli and others relative to off-premise consumption of malt beverages .  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act regulating the sale of malt beverages.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 138 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting at the end of Section 15 the following subsection:-

              (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any licensee with or without an onsite brewery and holding a valid license for off-premise consumption of malt beverages shall have the right to sell malt beverages for off-premise consumption, provided however, that all malt beverages shall be dispensed in non-clear glass bottles of 64 ounces in volume; provided further that a deposit may be charged per bottle; and provided, further, that the bottle in which the malt liquor is dispensed shall be sealed by the licensee and shall abide by all federal and state standards for appropriate warnings and labels; and provided, further, that all sales of malt beverages from the vendor for off-premise consumption shall be accompanied by a sales receipt with a time stamp that indicates time of purchase; and provided, further, that malt beverages dispensed in accordance with this subsection must be consumed off the premises; and provided, further, that sales of malt liquor in accordance with this subsection may be made during normal business hours but not between the hours of 9pm and 11am; and provided, further, in order to dispense malt beverages in accordance with this subsection, the vendor shall obtain written authorization from the manufacturer of malt beverages and said authorization may be revoked at any moment if the vendor violates the terms within.

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