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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF DRACUT TO GRANT 4 ADDITIONAL LICENSES FOR THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO BE DRUNK ON THE PREMISES.

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.  (a) Notwithstanding section 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the town of Dracut may grant 2 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138, to establishments located within the town’s B-3 business district, as that district is defined by the town’s zoning map, as it existed as of November 3, 2015, upon approval of and under conditions set by the licensing authority of the town. A license granted pursuant to this section shall be clearly marked on its face “B-3 business district” and shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except said section 17.

(b)  The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of a license granted pursuant to this section to any other location outside of the town’s B-3 business district, but it may grant a license to a new applicant within the B-3 business district if the applicant files with the licensing authority a letter from the department of revenue and a letter from the department of  unemployment assistance indicating that the license is in good standing with those departments and that all applicable taxes, fees and contributions have been paid.

(c)  If a license granted pursuant to this section is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, it shall be returned physically, with all legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining thereto, to the licensing authority and the licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant in the town’s B-3 business district under the same conditions as specified in this section.

SECTION 2.  (a) Notwithstanding section 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the town of Dracut may grant 2 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138, to establishments located within the town’s B-4 business district, as that district is defined by the town’s zoning map, as it existed as of November 3, 2015, upon approval of and under conditions set by the licensing authority of the town. A license granted pursuant to this section shall be clearly marked on its face “B-4 business district” and shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except said section 17.

(b)  The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of a license granted pursuant to this section to any other location outside of the town’s B-4 business district, but it may grant a license to a new applicant within the B-4 business district if the applicant files with the licensing authority a letter from the department of revenue and a letter from the department of  unemployment assistance indicating that the license is in good standing with those departments and that all applicable taxes, fees and contributions have been paid.

(c)  If a license granted pursuant to this section is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, it shall be returned physically, with all legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining thereto, to the licensing authority and the licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant in the town’s B-4 business district under the same conditions as specified in this section.

SECTION 3.  A license granted pursuant to this act shall be issued within 3 years after the effective date of this act; provided, however, that if the license is originally granted within that time period, it may be granted to a new applicant pursuant to subsections (b) or (c) of section 1 or subsections (b) or (c) of section 2 anytime thereafter.

SECTION 4.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, January 10, 2019.