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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF WALPOLE TO GRANT 5 ADDITIONAL LICENSES FOR THE SALE OF ALL 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.  (a) Notwithstanding section 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the town of Walpole may grant 5 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138; provided, however, that 3 of the licenses shall be granted to establishments located within the town's Central Business District, as defined by the town’s zoning by-law as it existed as of July 1, 2015, and 2 of the licenses shall be granted additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to said section 12 of said chapter 138 to establishments located within the town’s Route One/Highway Business Corridor, as defined by the town's zoning by-law as it existed as of July 1, 2015.  The licenses shall be granted under such conditions as may be set by the licensing authority. The licenses shall be subject to all of said chapter 138 except said section 17.
     (b) The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of a license granted pursuant to this act to a location outside of the town’s Central Business District or Route One/Highway Business Corridor, as the case may be, but it may grant any such license to a new applicant at a location within the Central Business District or Route One/Highway Business Corridor, as the case may be, 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 departments and that all applicable taxes, fees and contributions have been paid. A license granted under this act shall be clearly marked on its face “Central Business District Only” or “Route One/Highway Business Corridor Only”.
     (c) If a license granted pursuant to this act is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use at the location of original issuance, 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 a location within the town’s Central Business District or Route One/Highway Business Corridor under the same conditions as specified in this act.
     SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, August 2, 2016