SECTION 1. Notwithstanding sections 11, 11A and 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Rockport may place upon the official ballot to be used at the next annual town election the following question:-
Shall the board of selectmen be authorized to grant up to 10 year-round licenses and up to 20 seasonal licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises by patrons of restaurants but only to patrons who are seated at tables or on stools for the consumption of meals, or for a special license under section 14 of chapter 138 of the General Laws or licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises by those patrons attending a function, social gathering or conference in such establishments, including but not limited to, inns and hotels as deemed appropriate by the board?
If a majority of votes cast in answer to the question are in the affirmative, the town may grant licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premise of restaurants and other establishments. Nothing in this act shall authorize the issuance of licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises. The board of selectmen may from time to time issue regulations for the granting of the licenses and define terms appropriate to carrying out the objectives of this act. Notwithstanding section 12 of said chapter 138, the board of selectmen, in its discretion, may limit the hours during which such sales may be made. The granting of such licenses shall in all other respects be governed by said chapter 138.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.