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 town of Aquinnah may grant to restaurants with seating capacities of not less than 15, including restaurants within inns and hotels, licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises under section 12 of said chapter 138. The licenses shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except section 17. The wines or malt beverages served pursuant to a license granted under this act shall be served only by a waitperson at a dining table with a meal. The licensing authority may from time to time adopt rules and regulations for the granting of the licenses and to carry out the purposes of this act. The licenses may be issued seasonally or annually.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding sections 11 and 11A of chapter 138 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen shall cause to be placed on the ballot at a regular or special election the following question:
“Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2007 entitled, ‘An Act authorizing the town of Aquinnah to grant licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises in restaurants with seating capacities of not less than 15’ be accepted?”
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 granting of licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises in restaurants with seating capacities of not less than 15.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved December 28, 2007