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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF SHARON TO GRANT 4 ADDITIONAL LICENSES FOR THE SALE OF ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES NOT 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 11 and 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the licensing authority of the town of Sharon may grant 4 licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises, pursuant to section 15 of said chapter 138. Except as otherwise provided herein, licenses granted pursuant to this section shall be subject to all of said chapter 138, except said section 17.

(b)  Licenses granted pursuant to this section shall be granted to establishments located in business district A, business district B, business D district or the light industrial district; provided, however, that such use is allowed by right or by special permit in such applicable zoning district.  The amount of any initial or renewal fee for a license granted pursuant to this section shall be determined by the licensing authority issuing or renewing that license.

(c)  The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of the license granted 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 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.

(d)  If a licensee terminates or fails to renew a license granted pursuant to this section or any such license 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 pursuant to the same conditions as specified in this section.

(e)  All licenses granted pursuant to this section shall be issued within 3 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 (c) or (d) thereafter.

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

Approved, May 14, 2020.