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HOUSE DOCKET, NO.                 FILED ON: 7/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3587

 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act increasing the number of licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city of Quincy .
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              (a) Notwithstanding the maximum number of licenses granted pursuant to section 17 of Chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the City of Quincy may grant the following: 23 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises; 2 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to innholders duly licensed under Chapter 140 to conduct a hotel; 1 additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises, under section 12 of said Chapter 138; and 1 additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises, under section 15 of said Chapter 138.  Such licenses shall only be granted to establishments located in the downtown area of the City of Quincy known as the “Urban Renewal Area”, as defined by that certain urban renewal plan known as the Quincy Center District Urban Revitalization and Development Plan, dated May 7, 2007, as amended from time to time, and as described in Chapter 32 of the Acts of 2011.  Any license issued pursuant to this act shall be subject to Chapter 138, excepting only section 17.

              (b) The licensing authority of the City of Quincy shall not approve the transfer of a license granted under this section to any other person, partnership, corporation, LLC, organization, or any other entity: (i) for a period of 3 years from the date of original issuance or 3 years from the date of enactment of this legislation, whichever is later; and (ii) to a location outside of the Urban Renewal Area.  All licenses issued pursuant to the authority of this act shall be clearly marked “Urban Renewal Area License Only” and “nontransferable” on the face of the license.

              (c) If a license granted under this section is revoked, surrendered, or should any transfer of the license occur in violation of this act, it shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights and privileges pertaining thereto, to the licensing authority of the City of Quincy.  The licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant only at a location within the Urban Renewal Area under the same conditions as specified in this act; provided further that no license shall be re-issued for use in the same location within 6 months from the date that the prior license was revoked or terminated, unless the applicant files a letter in writing from the Department of Revenue with the licensing authority of the City of Quincy indicating that the license at issue is in good standing with the Department of Revenue and that all applicable taxes, fees, and contributions have been paid.   

              (d) Each of the additional licenses authorized by this act shall be subject to an original application fee of $5,000 more than the annual fee for then-existing licenses for all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises; existing licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to innholders; existing licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises; and existing licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises, as applicable, in the City of Quincy.  The additional $5,000 fee shall be deposited into the general fund of the City of Quincy.

              (e) This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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