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Massachusetts, Maine, New York, South Carolina,
WITH EXTRACTS FROM LAWS OF
New Jersey, Iowa, Illinois and Maryland
ALSO A SUMMARY OF LIQUOR LAWS
Of every State and Territory acting under High License,
and Dispensary Systems
WITH ARTICLES ON
The Liquor Traffic, Gothenburg or Norwegian System,
Traffic, and the Referendum.
A LEGISLATIVE MANUAL
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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
EXTRACT FROM INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF Gov. John G. McCULLOUGH,
DELIVERED Oct. 3. 1902, BEFORE VERMONT LEGISLATURE. The verdict of the freemen of the State on September 2 last, was in favor of the General Assembly framing a local option and high license law, and submitting the same to the people for their adoption or rejection. This duty will require the very best effort and the most intelligent consideration of the members of the assembly. For 50 years prohibition has been the policy of the state.
The mandate comes up now from the people to their legislators commanding them to formulate and to submit to them for their decision some other system. This is the Anglo Saxon, the American method. It is the rule of the majority. And primarily ou this subject it must be born in mind that all sumptuary legislation must be supported by public sentiment to be effectual. In framing a statute the General Assembly will have the benefit of the legislation on the subject of eight or ten of the other states. Experience is the very best guide.
In every state the difficulties arising from the United States internal revenue laws, from the freedom of interstate commerce, guaranteed by the international constitution, and from the medicinal and industrial demand for alcohol, will always embarrass the enforcement of any law. Different states and different parts of the same state may require different treatment Unlike most of the states, Vermont has few manufacturing or large municipalities; the great majority of her towns are rural and agricultural.
Massachusetts is more nearly similar to Vermont than any other state, and from her legislation, probably more valuable suggestions will be derived than from any other source. But in the legislation of no one state only, should we look for the best and wisest provision, and those most suitable to the circumstances of those of our people.
In any local option or license system, it is worthy of consideration whether the vote on license or no license should be taken in any town or municipality oftener than once in three or five years ; whether it shouli not be taken at elections specially called for that purpose and not at any regular election, state or local; whether if license be voted, it would not be wise to require the petition of a majority of the propert holders in any block or square of a municipality before issuing a license; whether a majority of the legal voters of any town or subdivision of u city should not be allowed to remonstrate against licensing or continuing the license of a specified person ; whether any license should be granted for more than a year; whether the number of licenses where authorized should not be limited to one for every 1000 inhabitants and