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Penalties tightened for liquor violations

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The Norton Board of Selectmen voted March 21 to revise the town’s liquor license policy, reducing room for discretion in the imposition of penalties. The penalties cover violations such as selling alcohol to underage buyers. The new schedule calls for a license suspension of up to five days for a first offense; 10 days for a second offense; 30 days for a third offense; and license revocation for a fourth offense. According to Town Manager Michael Yunits, the previous penalties were up to six days for first offense; seven to 15 days for a second offense; 16 to 30 days for a third offense; and revocation for a fourth offense. Selectmen debated whether the town should allow a range of penalties to take individual circumstances into account, he said, but the majority of the five-member board preferred to eliminate that discretion.

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