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Legislators can end New Hampshire Liquor Commission secrecy

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 pm

State liquor commission officials’ insistence that the agency should continue signing contracts without New Hampshire Executive Council approval is ludicrous. The unfolding saga in a Nashua company’s lawsuit against the agency merely underlines the need to fix the problem, which New Hampshire lawmakers can do by passing House Bill 254.

The agency regulates the sale of alcohol — New Hampshire’s fourth-largest revenue stream. In 2009, law changes aimed at freeing the agency from restrictions thought to be burdensome stripped the requirement that contracts be reviewed and approved by the Executive Council — the standard process to which all other state contracts of $10,000 or more are subject.

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