What is the quota system and on what is it based?

Massachusetts law places a restriction commonly referred to as a "quota" on the number of on-premises and off-premise licenses a city or town can issue. The quota is based on the municipality's population as certified by the Secretary of State. As of 1992, the population of any city or town for the purpose of setting this quota shall be that population enumerated in the most recent federal census. 

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1. What is a license?
2. Does the ABCC issue licenses directly to any segments of the alcoholic beverages industry?
3. Who issues restaurant licenses and package store licenses?
4. How many classifications of retail licenses exist?
5. What are the four categories of retail liquor licenses?
6. How many different types of pouring licenses are there?
7. Are there any qualifications for being granted a retail liquor license?
8. Are license applicants barred from holding a liquor license if they have been convicted of a crime?
9. What is the quota system and on what is it based?
10. How far does an establishment selling alcoholic beverages have to be from a church or school?
11. How long does a licensee have to appeal to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) a decision made by the local licensing authority?
12. What are the most common reasons for license applications being denied or returned without action?
13. How long does a licensee have to appeal a decision made by the ABCC?