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Summary

This proposed law would allow local licensing authorities to issue licenses for food stores to sell wine. The proposed law defines a "food store" as a retail vendor, such as a grocery store, supermarket, shop, club, outlet, or warehouse-type seller, that sells food to consumers to be eaten elsewhere (which must include meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fresh fruit and produce, and other specified items), and that may sell other items usually found in grocery stores. Holders of licenses to sell wine at food stores could sell wine either on its own or together with any other items they sell.

The licensing authorities in any city or town of up to 5000 residents could issue up to 5 licenses for food stores to sell wine. In cities or towns of over 5000 residents, one additional license could be issued for each additional 5000 residents (or fraction of 5000). No person or business could hold more than 10% of the total number of the licenses that could be issued under the proposed law. Such licenses would not be counted when applying the laws that limit the number of other kinds of alcoholic beverage licenses that may be issued or held. Any applicant for a license would have to be approved by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, and any individual applicant would have to be at least 21 years old and not have been convicted of a felony.

In issuing any licenses for food stores to sell wine, local licensing authorities would have to use the same procedures that apply to other licenses for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages. Except where the proposed law has different terms, the same laws that apply to issuance, renewal, suspension and termination of licenses for retail sales of alcoholic beverages which are not to be consumed on the seller's premises, and that apply to the operations of holders of such licenses, would govern licenses to sell wine at food stores, and the operation of holders of such licenses. Local authorities could set fees for issuing and renewing such licenses.

A YES VOTE would create a new category of licenses for food stores to sell wine, and it would allow local licensing authorities to issues such licenses.

A NO VOTE would make no change in laws concerning the sale of wine.

2006 Nov 7 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 1 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 3, 2006?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
10,762
9,639
1,929
20,401
22,330
Precinct 1
 
264
336
33
600
633
Precinct 2
 
341
369
103
710
813
Precinct 3
 
234
299
109
533
642
Precinct 1
 
496
411
42
907
949
Precinct 2
 
603
348
80
951
1,031
Precinct 3
 
657
468
89
1,125
1,214
Precinct 1
 
518
513
122
1,031
1,153
Precinct 2
 
486
521
116
1,007
1,123
Precinct 3
 
646
478
96
1,124
1,220
Precinct 1
 
293
345
57
638
695
Precinct 2
 
327
373
51
700
751
Precinct 3
 
292
414
102
706
808
Precinct 1
 
532
523
156
1,055
1,211
Precinct 2
 
519
512
116
1,031
1,147
Precinct 3
 
697
594
118
1,291
1,409
Precinct 1
 
859
540
111
1,399
1,510
Precinct 2
 
716
592
137
1,308
1,445
Precinct 3
 
407
327
84
734
818
Precinct 1
 
718
590
79
1,308
1,387
Precinct 2
 
517
537
79
1,054
1,133
Precinct 3
 
540
549
49
1,089
1,138
Totals
 
10,762
9,639
1,929
20,401
22,330