Treasurer seeks overhaul of ‘unwieldy’ Mass. alcohol laws

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The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the state’s alcohol regulators, is set to launch a sweeping review of the state’s liquor laws and regulations, calling the current rules outdated, unclear, and burdensome for businesses.The ambitious effort will be led by a task force of brewers, distillers, winemakers, wholesalers, retailers, and legal experts to be convened this fall. The group will be asked to produce recommendations for legislators to consider next year.

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Goldberg said the task force will also consider beefing up the ABCC, which has 15 inspectors to police more than 30,000 licensees.“When I tell people in other states how few inspectors we have, their eyes pop out,” Goldberg said.

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