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. (a) Notwithstanding section 11 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, any vote cast in the town of Reading on Question 6 at the November 2, 1982 state election or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Reading shall cause to be placed on the official ballot at the annual town election to be held in the year 2009 the following question:-
“Shall the board of selectmen be granted the authority to issue licenses for the sale of all alcohol beverages to be consumed on the premises to restaurants with a seating capacity of less than 100 persons?”
(b) If a majority of the votes cast in the town in answer to the question is in the affirmative, the town shall be taken to have authorized the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of restaurants having a seating capacity of less than 100 persons. The licenses shall be subject to all the other provisions of chapter 138 of the General Laws.
(c) The board of selectmen of the town of Reading shall include a summary of the aforesaid question to be printed on the ballot.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved July 16, 2008