Last week, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed House Bill 248 into law. We here at Solomon McCown think it’s pretty cool.
House Bill 248 originated in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and, when enacted, will allow local breweries to donate their beer to local nonprofits without having to first clear significant bureaucratic hurdles. (Beer is a great way for breweries to contribute to philanthropic organizations by supporting their events, auctions, and the like.) Prior to the new regulations, this process was arduous, complicated and more significantly, deemed illegal by the Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission (ABCC), the agency that regulates alcohol within the Commonwealth.
To address this issue, the Solomon McCown Government Relations team tracked the bill from proposal to submission and from the House to the Senate. Four years later, with support from brewers across the Commonwealth, we were able to impress upon the Legislature to pass the bill. And, on the last day of the 2015/2016 session, Governor Baker sign the bill into law.
The Democratic process is slow and deliberate for a reason. Any change to the law must be fully vetted and considered. We are very proud to have played a small part in ensuring that non-profits across the Commonwealth have another tool in their belt to help them fundraise for their various causes. On to next session and a whole host of new issues!