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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF STOUGHTON TO GRANT 6 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 Stoughton may grant 6 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138 to establishments located within the town’s central business district and the abutting general business district to the west of the central business district bounded by the railroad tracks, Canton street and Morton street, as those districts are defined by the town's zoning map, as it existed as of May 1, 2014, upon approval of and under conditions set by the licensing authority of the town. 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 any license granted pursuant to this act to any location outside of the central business district or the abutting general business district as set forth in subsection (a), but it may grant the license to a new applicant at a location within the central business district or the abutting general business district 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.
    (c)  If a license granted pursuant to this act is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, the license shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining thereto, to the licensing authority of the town of Stoughton and the licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant at a location within the central business district or the abutting general business district under the same conditions as specified in this act.
    SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, February 12, 2016.