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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF BEVERLY TO GRANT ADDITIONAL LICENSES FOR THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO BE DRUNK ON THE PREMISES

       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, the licensing authority of the city of Beverly may issue 1 additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138 and 6 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to said section 12 of said chapter 138; provided, however, that 3 of the 6 licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages shall be restricted to establishments with seating capacities of not more than 150 persons. The licenses shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except said section 17.  The licensing authority may restrict an all alcoholic beverage license issued pursuant to this act to a holder of a common victualler license.
       SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding section 12 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, any license authorized by and issued pursuant to this act may be subject to an initial, 1-time acquisition fee, the amount to be determined by the city of Beverly, in addition to the existing annual license fee applicable in the city of Beverly for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises; provided, however, that such fee shall be due and payable upon the original granting of any such license and also upon reissuance of any such license pursuant to this act.
       SECTION 3.  Any license issued pursuant to this act shall not be transferable to any other person, corporation, entity or organization.  If a license issued pursuant to this act is revoked, surrendered or no longer in use at the location of original issuance, it shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights and privileges pertaining thereto, to the licensing authority of the city of Beverly, which may then issue the license to a new applicant only at the same location under the same conditions as specified in this act; provided, that the applicant shall file a letter in writing 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; provided, however, the licensing authority shall not reissue a license granted pursuant to this act for a period of 3 years from the date of original issuance.
       SECTION 4.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, October 31, 2014.