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 sections 11, 11A, and 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Tisbury may place upon the official ballot at the next annual town election the following question:
"Shall the board of selectmen of the town of Tisbury be authorized to grant 19 licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises to restaurants, including restaurants within inns and hotels, with seating capacities of not less than 30 persons, to be consumed with meals only, and only to patrons who are seated at dining tables, and to grant seasonal licenses for the same as the selectmen may determine?”
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 sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises of certain restaurants with seating capacities of not less than 30 persons, to be consumed with meals only as required by this act and to grant seasonal licenses for the same. The board of selectmen may from time to time issue regulations for the granting of licenses under this act and to define terms appropriate for that purpose.
Approved December 22 , 2009.