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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE SALE OF ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO BE DRUNK ON THE PREMISES IN THE TOWN OF TOPSFIELD.

     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 Topsfield may grant up to 8 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises, pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138, to entities licensed as a common victualler pursuant to chapter 140 of the General Laws and operating as a conference and event facility or full-service restaurant, as defined in the town’s zoning by-laws.  The licenses shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except section 17. No holder of a license for the sale of alcoholic beverages pursuant to any special or general law shall be eligible to hold a license pursuant to this act.
     SECTION 2.  The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of a license granted under this act 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 and a letter from the department of unemployment assistance indicating that the license is in good standing with those entities and that all applicable taxes, fees and contributions have been paid.
     SECTION 2A.  A license granted under this act, if cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining to the license, to the licensing authority.
     SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, September 11, 2014.