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 Salem may grant 1 additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises under section 15 of said chapter 138 to Salem Wine Imports, LTD, located at 32 Church street in the city of Salem. The license shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except section 17.
Notwithstanding any general or special law, or any rule or regulation to the contrary, the alcohol licensing authority of the city of Salem shall not approve the transfer of the license to any other location. The license may be granted by the alcohol licensing authority of the city of Salem at the same location if an applicant for the license files with the authority a letter in writing from the department of revenue indicating the license is in good standing with the department and that any and all applicable taxes have been paid.
If the license granted under this section is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, it shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining thereto, to the alcohol licensing authority of the city of Salem. Notwithstanding section 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the alcohol licensing authority of the city of Salem may then grant the license to a new applicant at the same location and under the same conditions as specified in the preceding paragraph.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved November 27, 2007.