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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF AMESBURY TO GRANT 4 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.  (a) Notwithstanding section 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the city of Amesbury may grant up to four additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises under section 12 of said chapter 138 to establishments located within the city’s so-called “Sports Entertainment Business Complex” located at 24 South Hunt road in the city of Amesbury and upon approval of and under conditions set by the licensing authority of the city of Amesbury. A license granted under this act shall be clearly marked on its face “Sports Entertainment Business Complex” and 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 under this act to any location outside of the city’s Sports Entertainment Business Complex, but it may grant the license to a new applicant at a location within the Sports Entertainment Business Complex located at 24 South Hunt road 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 licensee terminates or fails to renew a license granted under this section or any such  license granted under this section 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 and the licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant at the city’s Sports Entertainment Business Complex located at 24 South Hunt road under the same conditions as specified in this act.

(d)  A license granted under this act shall only be exercised in the dining room of a common victualler and in such other public rooms or areas as may be deemed reasonable and appropriate by the licensing authority as certified in writing.

(e)  All licenses granted under this act shall be issued within 2 years after the effective date of this act; provided, however, that a license originally granted within that time period may be granted to a new applicant under subsections (b) or (c) thereafter.

SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, April 21, 2020.