Peabody’s home rule petition to add 10 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. Other liquor license home rule petitions for Danvers and Beverly are also headed to the full House and Senate.
The Commonwealth has a formula that allows liquor licenses based on population, which can make it difficult for communities with many restaurants and shopping areas.
Peabody and Danvers officials as well as state Rep. Ted Speliotis, Sen. Joan Lovely and Rep. Leah Cole testified on the bill last week.
Peabody would like 10 additional licenses, including half for the Northshore Mall and the other five for specific Peabody Square sites.
Read previous coverage of the liquor license issue here:Dec. 3, 2013: Speliotis: Misconceptions Cloud Special Legislation for Liquor Licenses
Dec. 2, 2013: City Council Agrees to Petition State for 10 More Liquor Licenses
Nov. 25, 2013: Mayor Wants 10 More Liquor Licenses for Mall and Downtown