Danvers’ home rule petition to add six more liquor licenses for restaurants has cleared a state legislative committee and is now headed to the full House and Senate.
The Salem News reported that approval could happen within the next few weeks.
The Commonwealth has a formula that allows liquor licenses based on population, which makes it difficult for communities with many restaurants and shopping areas.
With Danvers becoming a hot restaurant location and many chains showing interest, the Town is running out of liquor licenses and could miss out on possible business opportunities. The bill would allow selectmen more opportunities to grant licenses.
Peabody and Danvers officials as well as state Rep. Ted Speliotis, Sen. Joan Lovely and Rep. Leah Cole all testified last week on the bill. Peabody and Beverly also have home rule petitions related to adding liquor licenses.
Read previous coverage of this issue:Feb. 5, 2014: What’s Next for Liquor Licenses, Marijuana Dispensaries in Danvers?
Jan. 8, 2014: Town Seeks to Add New Liquor Licenses By Special Legislation