House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

Just weeks after sending five bills to the Senate that would work to divest the Commonwealth of its wholesale and retail wine and spirits business, the House Liquor Control Committee on Tuesday moved legislation that would allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits.

 

The bill—House Bill 1033 introduced by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler)—would allow beer distributors to sell unlimited quantities of wine and spirits after applying and paying a $5,000 fee for a state-mandated permit. Renewal of the permit will be based off of two percent of the establishment’s annual cost of purchasing wine and/or spirits from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

A bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania’s political subdivisions from regulating or charging a fee for the use of recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week.

 

The bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), was couched by supporters as a preemptory strike against municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees and potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

As Republicans in the state legislature look toward more private participation in the retail liquor and wine market, one current retail alcohol anathema is being examined for stricter enforcement: so-called “stop-and-go” locations in Philadelphia.

 

Operating on the fringes of the law or blatantly outside of it, the establishments are nicknamed “stop-and-go” due to their status as a convenience store or deli that also sells beer and liquor—sometimes in quantities as low as a single shot—often times consumed on premises or immediately outside the store.

Monday, April 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman

Pittsburgh International Airport receives largest boost from state improvement grants

Governor Tom Wolf announced Thursday that four airports across the state will receive $5.8 million in state investments for facility upgrades, as well as to promote services and establish new educational opportunities. 

The Pittsburgh International Airport received the largest share of the grant money, getting $2.4 million.
Friday, February 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Concerns raised about bill expanding RTKL protections for 911 callers

Concerns raised about bill expanding RTKL protections for 911 callers

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously approved legislation swiftly moving through the General Assembly that would expand exclusions from Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law as it pertains to information that can be released about calls to 911 centers.

House Bill 1310, which was the subject of the committee action, has been introduced this session by Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia), who took over the effort from Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Chester), who left the General Assembly last year.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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