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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3785        FILED ON: 5/31/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3533

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to the granting of a club license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises in the town of Lincoln.


              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 the provisions of section 17 of said chapter 138 of the general laws, or of any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Lincoln may grant to The Groves a club license to sell all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises at 17 Cambridge Turnpike in said town under section 12 of said chapter 138.  The license shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except for said section 17, and to any regulations and guidelines adopted by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission relative to the service of alcoholic beverages. 

              The board of selectmen shall not approve the transfer of the license to any other location but the license may be granted by the board of selectmen at the same location if an applicant for the license files with the board of selectmen a letter in writing from the department of revenue indicating that the license is in good standing with the department and that all applicable taxes have been paid.  If the license granted under this section is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, such license shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining thereto, to the board of selectmen and the board of selectmen may then grant the license to a new applicant at the same location and under the same conditions as specified in this section. 

              Section 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 11 and 11A of chapter 138 of the General Laws as to the time and manner of voting on the question of issuing the licenses set forth above, this act shall be submitted for its acceptance to the qualified voters of the town of Lincoln following the effective date of this act at an annual or special town election or a biennial state election, provided that notice is given to the secretary of the commonwealth at least 60 days prior to the date of such state election, in the form of the following question:

              “Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2011, entitled ‘An Act Relative to the granting of club license for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the Town of Lincoln’ be accepted?”

              Below the ballot question shall appear a fair and concise summary of the ballot question prepared by town counsel and approved by the board of selectmen. 

              If a majority of the votes cast in answer to the question is in the affirmative, the town shall be taken to have authorized the issuance to The Groves of a single club all alcohol license to be drunk on the premises, but not otherwise. 

              Section 3.  This act shall take effect upon passage. 

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