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, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the licensing authority of the town of Lincoln may grant a club license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises under section 12 of said chapter 138 to The Groves in Lincoln, Inc., located at 17 Cambridge turnpike. The license shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except said section 17.
The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of the license to any other location, but it may grant the license to a new applicant at the same location if the applicant files with the licensing authority a letter from the department of revenue indicating that the license is in good standing with the department and that 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 licensing authority which may then grant the license to a new applicant at the same location and under the same conditions as specified in this section.
SECTION 2. (a) Notwithstanding sections 11 and 11A of chapter 138 of the General Laws as to the time and manner of voting on the question, this act shall be submitted for its acceptance to the voters of the town of Lincoln at a regular or special town election or at a biennial state election; provided, however, that if it is to appear on the state election ballot, notice shall be given to the state secretary at least 60 days before the date of the state election; and provided further, that the question shall appear on the ballot as follows:
“Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2011, entitled ‘An Act Relative to the Granting of a Club License for the Sale of All Alcoholic Beverages to be Drunk on the Premises in the Town of Lincoln’ be accepted?”
(b) Below the ballot question shall appear a fair and concise summary of the ballot question prepared by town counsel and approved by the board of selectmen.
(c) If a majority of the votes cast in answer to the question is in the affirmative, the town of Lincoln shall be taken to have authorized the granting of a club license for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to The Groves in Lincoln, Inc., but not otherwise.
Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, January 19, 2012.