Tensions between Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his former colleagues in the House appear to be escalating over the issue of late-night liquor licenses.
After some Boston lawmakers voiced opposition, House leaders last week stripped from a compromise budget with the Senate a provision that would have allowed 4 a.m. closing times for bars in Boston and some surrounding communities. Walsh had sought the later hours, calling it part of an effort to make the city more appealing to foreign travelers.
On Tuesday, the language materialized again, this time as part of an economic development bill that passed the Senate. The amendment for the Boston closing hours was offered by Senator Thomas Kennedy, a Brockton Democrat.
Kennedy’s amendment mirrored the earlier language sponsored by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry in the Senate version of the budget.
That amendment died in the House-Senate conference committee after several state representatives in Boston openly defied Walsh and apprised leadership of their objections.
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