In the four previous years, the board denied a total of 26 applications, compared with the 77 licenses that municipalities around the state recommended for denial.
A city or town council serves as an advisory body to the state board, recommending denial or approval of licenses that are then decided on at the state level. If the council chooses to recommend denial, the applicant can then make his or her case to the state board, which makes the final decision.
The board can also choose to deny an application that was recommended for approval by a city or town. That hasn’t happened in 2017, but occurred six times between 2013 and 2016 for applications throughout the state.