Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Consumer: Alcoholic Beverages

D5 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC)
Office of the Treasurer
239 Causeway Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-727-3040

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is the general supervisor of the alcoholic beverages industry in Massachusetts. In September of 2003 the Legislature transferred the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission to the Office of State Treasurer. The agency's responsibilities were specified in: MGL Chapter 10§ 71 which states that the commission shall have general supervision of the conduct of the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, storing, transporting and selling alcoholic beverages as defined in section 1 of chapter 138, and also of the quality, purity and alcoholic content thereof; and in MGL Chapter 10§ 72 which states that the commissioner may appoint a chief investigator and other investigators for the purpose of enforcing or causing to be enforced the penalties provided by law against every person who is guilty of a violation of chapter 138 of which they can obtain reasonable proof, and shall make all necessary and appropriate investigations for that purpose.

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