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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF WEBSTER TO GRANT 2 ADDITIONAL LICENSES FOR THE SALE OF ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO BE DRUNK ON THE PREMISES AND 2 ADDITIONAL LICENSES 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 section 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 Webster may grant 2 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to section 12 of said chapter 138 and 2 additional licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises pursuant to said section 12 of said chapter 138 to establishments located within the town’s “B-4 General Business” district, as that district is defined by the town’s zoning map as it existed as of December 10, 2018, upon approval of and under the conditions set by the licensing authority of the town of Webster.  Licenses granted pursuant to this act shall be clearly marked on their face, “B-4 General Business” and 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 B-4 General Business district, but the licensing authority may grant a license to a new applicant within the B-4 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 licensee terminates or fails to renew a license granted pursuant to this act or any such 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 and the licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant in the town’s B-4 General Business district under the same conditions as specified in this act.

(d)  A license granted pursuant to 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 pursuant to this act 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 pursuant to subsections (b) or (c) any time thereafter.

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

Approved, September 14, 2021.