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 section 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the city of Northampton may convert all issued seasonal licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138 to annual licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to said section 12 of said chapter 138. Notwithstanding section 15A of said chapter 138, seasonal licenses being converted to annual licenses pursuant to this act shall not be subject to the notification of abutters requirement. The licenses shall be subject to all of said chapter 138, except said sections 15A and 17.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.