Stop & Go crackdown provision awaits governor’s signature

Stop & Go crackdown provision awaits governor’s signature

Fiscal Code legislation containing language providing for stricter enforcement of so-called Stop & Go stores was passed by the House Tuesday and is currently awaiting action by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Contradictory liquor reforms taking shape as part of budget process

Contradictory liquor reforms taking shape as part of budget process

Two contradictory liquor reforms sought to be included as parts of budget process are taking shape this week.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committee takes deep dive into Stop & Go crackdown possibilities

Senate committee takes deep dive into Stop & Go crackdown possibilities

Continuing what has been something of a budget-season sidelight, the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday held a hearing with members of the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to examine the legislature’s options in terms of cracking down on so-called Stop & Go liquor establishments.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate sets charter reform bill, potential revenue placeholders for action

Senate sets charter reform bill, potential revenue placeholders for action

While there is no discernible budget and revenue deal as of yet, the Senate took several steps on Wednesday to move along potential revenue placeholder bills and advance a critical charter reform bill that could be extra-budget pieces to an overall fiscal plan.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate loads liquor component of budget framework

Senate loads liquor component of budget framework

The Senate Law and Justice Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to amend in to House Bill 1460 an amendment which would provide for liquor modernization and expanded wine and beer sales as part of the budget framework.

Speaking to the changes to the liquor system, Committee Majority Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks) said the most controversial piece of the changes made allows R-license holders to sell four to-go bottles of wine in addition to two six packs.

Other changes in the bill increase the number of R-licenses by allowing “dead R-licenses” to be auctioned off according to certain restrictions, opens all state liquor stores for Sunday sales, and for 24-hour alcohol service in casinos.

The bill also provides for a study commission to look at if and how Pennsylvania should privatize either or both its wholesale or retail liquor markets with those recommendations to be made to the General Assembly by June 30th.

In total, Sen. McIlhinney anticipated the changes will bring in an additional $115 million in revenue above the $80 million in profits seen by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board with that number tapered for this year since Pennsylvania is halfway through its current fiscal year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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