Rep. Birmingham spoke March 16 in favor of reconsidering an earlier House vote refusing to order a third reading of a bill calling for a state-wide referendum on the federal Prohibition Amendment (Boston Globe, March 17, 1927, p. 10).
However, the House voted 128 to 105 against a motion to reconsider, which was made by Rep. James J. Twohig of South Boston.
The vote on the original bill calling for the referendum was a tie, which killed the bill.
“A tie vote is the very best argument for reconsideration,” said Rep. Roland D. Sawyer of Ware.
Rep. Francis X. Coyne of Boston quipped that “if every man who takes a drink of those forbidden liquors voted for it the bill would go through.”