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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE GRANTING OF LICENSES FOR THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO BE DRUNK ON THE PREMISES IN THE TOWN OF ROCKPORT

     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 Rockport may place upon the official ballot to be used at the next annual or special town election the following question:
     “Shall the board of selectmen be authorized to grant up to 3 year-round licenses and up to 2 seasonal licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises by patrons of restaurants approved by the board of selectmen?”
     Yes
     No
     If a majority of votes cast in answer to the question are in the affirmative, the town may grant licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises of restaurants.  Nothing in this act shall authorize the issuance of licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises.  The board of selectmen may from time to time issue regulations for the granting of the licenses and define terms appropriate to carrying out this act.  Notwithstanding section 12 of said chapter 138, the board of selectmen, in its discretion, may limit the hours during which the sales may be made.  The granting of these licenses shall in all other respects be governed by said chapter 138.
     SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 470 of the acts of 2004, year-round and seasonal licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of restaurants issued or to be issued pursuant to said section 1 of said chapter 470 shall not be subject to the restriction imposed by said section 1 of said chapter 470 that requires service only to patrons of restaurants who are seated at tables or on stools for the consumption of meals.
     SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, October 16, 2015.