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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Press Conference Overview - May 9, 2017

Press Conference Overview - May 9, 2017

Watch an overview of some of the press events held at the Capitol Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passed their portion of providing funding for a $3.4 million Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Grant with Allegheny County during their meeting Tuesday, but not before ensuring the city will receive its fair share of the funds.  

The Department of Economic Development of Allegheny County has been awarded the grant by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in county homes and rental units.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Fair Districts PA—a self-proclaimed non-partisan coalition of citizens and advocacy organizations seeking the end of gerrymandered legislative districts—held a rally on the Capitol steps Tuesday in support of two pieces of legislation that would create a citizens commission to draw state and federal legislative districts in the next redistricting process following the 2020 census.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the potential merger of four human services-related state agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services, the proposal to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole has flown a bit under the radar.

 

On Monday, however, the Senate Appropriations Committee took another step toward advancing the proposal to the governor’s desk.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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