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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF SALEM TO CONVERT 1 SEASONAL LICENSE FOR THE SALE OF WINES AND MALT BEVERAGES TO BE DRUNK ON THE PREMISES TO AN ANNUAL LICENSE FOR THE SALE OF WINES AND MALT 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.  (a) Notwithstanding sections 17 and 17A of chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the city of Salem may convert 1 seasonal license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138, currently issued to Ragazza Restaurant Group, Inc. d/b/a Bambolina, located at 288 Derby street, to an annual license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to said section 12 of said chapter 138 to Ragazza Restaurant Group, Inc. d/b/a Bambolina, at 288 Derby street. An annual license converted pursuant to this section shall be subject to all of said chapter 138, except said sections 17 and 17A.  An application for conversion of a seasonal license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises to an annual license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises shall not be required to notify abutters as required by section 15A of said chapter 138.
     (b)  The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of the license converted pursuant to this section to any other location but it may grant the license to a new applicant at the same location if the applicant for the license 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 departments and that all applicable taxes, fees and contributions have been paid.
     (c)  If the license converted or granted pursuant to this act 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 and the licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant at the same location under the same conditions as specified in this act.
     SECTION 2.  (a) The city of Salem shall charge a fee for the conversion to an annual license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to this act which shall be paid by the licensee at the time of issuance unless the licensing authority agrees to enter into an arrangement with the licensee which would enable the fee to be divided into multiple payments or prorated over multiple periods of time. If the city elects to accept prorated payments over time from a licensee, the option shall be made available, upon request, to all qualified applicants for licensure.
     (b)  Any fee collected by the city of Salem for a license converted or granted pursuant to this act which is greater than the amount of the fee charged for an annual renewal of a similar license issued by the city shall be deposited into an economic development account which shall be established by the city of Salem to be expended by it in a manner consistent with the purposes of the account.
     SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage

Approved, December 23, 2015.