Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any limitations imposed by section and section of chapter of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Lexington shall cause to be submitted to the voters in the next regularly scheduled election, to be held at least days following the effective date of this act, the following question:
Whereas the board of selectmen is now authorized to grant licenses in the town of Lexington for the sale of all alcoholic beverages in restaurants with seating capacities of persons or more, shall the board of selectmen also be authorized to grant licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages including, but not limited to, licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages, to restaurants in the town of Lexington with seating capacities of less than 99 persons?
If a majority of the votes cast in answer to this question is in the affirmative, the town shall be taken to have authorized the board of selectmen to issue licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages including, but not limited to, licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages, to be drunk on the premises of restaurants in the town with a seating capacity of less than 99 persons, subject to all the other provisions of said chapter, and may further issue special licenses as provided in section of said chapter.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved January 22, 2004.