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 any limitations imposed by section 11 of chapter 138 of the General Laws as to the time and manner of voting on questions or section 17 relative to the number of such licenses authorized to be held or chapter 29 of the acts of 2006, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Arlington shall cause to be placed on the official ballot at the annual town meeting to be held in 2009 the following question:-
“Shall the board of selectmen be authorized to grant 5 licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises in restaurants and function rooms having a seating capacity of not less than 50 persons?”
(b) If the majority of votes cast in answer to the question is in the affirmative, the town shall be taken to have authorized the board of selectmen to grant 5 licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of restaurants and function rooms having a seating capacity of not less than 50 persons. The licenses shall be subject to all other provisions of said chapter 138.
SECTION 2. The board of selectmen shall include a summary of the question to be printed on the ballot with the question.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved September 23 , 2008