Milton, MA. – State Rep. Walter Timilty announced recently that an act granting an additional license for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the town has been passed to be engrossed in the House of Representatives.
Timilty, a member of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee, has worked to secure passage of this legislation that would provide for a liquor license for 554-558B Adams St., the former East Milton Square movie theater.
With engrossment in the House of Representatives, the bill has moved onto the state Senate.
Engrossment is the creation of an official copy of the bill or joint resolution. During this process the bill’s title is read to the members of the House and legislators can offer amendments in support or opposition. The bill must pass through three readings and engrossment in the second legislative branch. If it passes, it is sent to the Legislative Engrossing Division where it is typed on special parchment in accordance with the General Laws.
As the lead sponsor of this home-rule petition, Timilty filed this legislation in the House of Representatives, with Sen. Brian Joyce serving as a co-sponsor. Timilty shepherded House Bill 4191 through three House legislative committees.
The process began at the 2014 Town Meeting when Article 39 was overwhelmingly adopted by the Town Meeting members. The article requested that a home rule petition be filed in the Massachusetts State Legislature. The bill seeks to codify the Board of Selectmen’s authority to grant a liquor license to the location.
“Today’s, proposed legislation is all about the promotion of economic growth,” said Timilty. “Accordingly, it is my priority to ensure that small businesses prosper in such a way that affords increased amenities for all of the citizens of the Town of Milton: thereby, carrying out the wishes of our annual Town Meeting.”