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Chapter 256 AN ACT RELATIVE TO GATE SHOWS.

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. The last paragraph of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (g) of section 4 of chapter 152 of the acts of 1997 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “The”, in line 1, the following words:- South Boston.

SECTION 2. Said paragraph (g) of said section 4 of said chapter 152 is hereby further amended by striking out subparagraph (ii) and inserting in place thereof the following subparagraph:-

(ii) The authority shall allow the South Boston Community Development Foundation to sponsor no less than 3 events annually at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to raise funds for the South Boston Community Development Foundation as provided for herein and shall include access to on site parking facilities. The events shall not include gate shows. The events shall be scheduled mutually by the authority and the foundation so as not to conflict or interfere with the regular operation of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The foundation’s use of the center may not be reserved more than 1 year in advance of an event and shall be limited to that portion of the facility used by the foundation’s event if the event does not utilize the entire facility. The foundation shall not be charged for use of the center for the event provided that the foundation shall receive the net proceeds from the event after all current operating expenses attributable to the event, including operations, wages, contracts for services by others, maintenance, security and utilities, as usually charged and calculated by the authority as its costs for similar events, are deducted from all income received by the authority attributed to the event, including but not limited to, income from operating revenues and receipts, admissions, parking, food and beverages and all other revenue sources, if any. The events shall be sponsored by the foundation for the purposes set forth in this subparagraph; but, the net proceeds of the events shall not be used for any purposes other than those described in this subparagraph except for reasonable expenses of the foundation. The foundation shall deposit all proceeds in the South Boston Community Development Fund.

SECTION 3. Said paragraph (g) of said section 4 of said chapter 152 is hereby further amended by striking out subparagraph (iii) and inserting in place thereof the following subparagraph:-

(iii) The South Boston Community Development Fund shall consist of: (1) the net proceeds from events sponsored by the South Boston Community Development Foundation as provided for in subparagraph (ii); (2) a community benefit assessment paid by the gate show sponsor or promoter to the authority and thereafter by the authority to the foundation for each gate show held at the center pursuant to paragraph (d) of section 15 consisting of: (1) payment of 10 cents per square foot for each gross square foot of the center’s exhibition space occupied for the gate show; (2) payment of $1 for each paid admission to the gate show; and (3) any other contributions, revenues or monies attributed to the foundation or to the fund as may be deposited from time to time. The authority shall make the payment pursuant to this subparagraph within 14 days after each gate show held at the center.

SECTION 4. Subparagraph (iv) of said paragraph (g) of said section 4 of said chapter 152 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “project”, in line 4, the following words:- subject to an application process and the establishment of criteria consistent with the purposes of this subsection.

SECTION 5. Section 15 of said chapter 152 is hereby amended by striking out paragraph (d) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

(d) The authority may be marketed and used for so-called gate shows or other similar consumer shows pursuant to subparagraph (iii) of subsection (g) of section 4; if each gate show or other similar consumer show uses 250,000 gross square feet or more of the center’s exhibition space. For each gate show or similar consumer show held at the center pursuant to this section, the authority in consultation with the Boston police, state police and other public safety agencies shall prepare a traffic and parking control and management plan, subject to the approval of the city of Boston traffic and parking department. The authority shall prepare an annual evaluation of parking control and management for the gate shows and hold a public meeting annually to present and discuss the evaluation.

Approved August 9, 2006.


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