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Dear MPSA members,
Your advocacy has helped ensure that on June 15th Cocktails to Go may likely end with the sunset of the State of Emergency Orders. Thanks to you, the strong push by the Restaurant Association and their supporters to adopt Amendments 114, 758 and 770 to the State Budget was stopped. I want to offer you my sincere gratitude and thanks. We did it together.
Unfortunately, the issue will be front and center again next week through the recent introduction of S2452 - An Act to temporarily extend certain measures adopted in the state of emergency.
Testimony on S2452 will be accepted by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, June 1st. There is no language in S2452 about extending or making prominent Cocktails to Go provisions, but proponents for deregulation are already preparing for another push to add amendments to this omnibus Covid relief bill.
Please know that MPSA is working around the clock to stop further disruption within the retail space of the alcohol beverages industry. Our outreach concerning the omnibus bill has already started.
Therefore, MPSA may be calling for your help again to stop this unnecessary push by on premises licensees to retail off premises through extending Cocktails to Go.
Strength in Unity,
Ryan Maloney, President of MPSA
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association sent to every Senator important testimony explaining that Amendments #114, #758 and #770 to the State Budget need to be removed so that there can be a proper and OPEN hearing on Cocktails to Go through S247. The Senate could start voting on these amendments this Tuesday.
The push is on for the State Senate to deregulate the retail of alcohol by adopting amendments to the state budget that extend or make permanent the emergency provisions allowing for Cocktails to Go. Local retailers of beer, wine and spirits are not getting an opportunity to offer why they OPPOSE these behind closed doors efforts that rewrite public safety laws. Therefore, on the May 21st airing of the Beer, Wine and Spirit’s Show Ryan Maloney, President of MPSA discusses with Rob Mellion about why the amendment process to a big bill is not the proper venue and that there needs to be an open and public hearing about Cocktails to Go.
Hear entire airing of the Beer, Wine & Spirits Show with the link provided below.
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