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Legislative ISSUes 2015-2016

Below are bills currently in the PA House and Senate that have a possible negative effect on the overall State Store System in Pennsylvania.


House Bill 1690 (Printer's Number 2559, 2516, 2623, 2653 - current)

Privatization:

Permits establishments with restaurant licenses (including grocery stores) to sell up to four bottles of wine for off-premise consumption; Removes restrictions on the hours and days of operation of the state stores; Eliminates the holidays on which state stores are statutorily closed; Allows for lottery sales at state-run liquor stores; Permits wine, liquor and beer to be sold or served in casinos 24-hours a day, seven days a week; Permits the direct shipment of wine to consumers; Requires a liquor study commission to report to the General Assembly within six months on various issues relative to the current system including its financial stability.

Sponsors:

Turzai (R-Allegheny) - Prime Sponsor
Bloom
Cutler
Hickernell
Greiner
A. Harris
Milne
Moul
Saylor
Sankey
Corbin

Rose
Everett
Lawrence
Dunbar
Truitt
Quigley
Lewis
Mackenzie

History: Referred to House Liquor Control Committee - November 12, 2015
First consideration - November 16, 2015
[Voted out of House Liquor Control Committee (14-9) - November 16, 2015]
Second consideration with amendments - November 18, 2015
Third consideration and final passage in the House(110-86) - November 19, 2015
Referred to Senate Law & Justice Committee - November 20, 2015
Reported as Amended and First Consideration - December 5, 2015
Second consideration - December 6, 2015
Re-committed to Senate Law & Justice - December 6, 2015
Re-reported as Amended - December 9, 2015
Re-referred to Appropriations - Decemebr 9, 2015
Re-reported as Committed - December 10, 2015
Third consideration and final passage in the Senate (29-21) - December 10, 2015
Referred to Rules - December 13, 2015
Re-reported on Concurrance - June 7, 2016
House concurred in Senate amendments - June 7, 2016 (157-31)
Signed in the House - June 7, 2016
Signed in the Senate - June 7, 2016
Approved by the Govenor - June 8, 2016  - Act No. 39


Senate Bill 908 (Printer's Number 1069)

 

Divests the retail and wholesale divisions of the PLCB. Permits existing beer distributors, and restaurant and hotel licensees to sell wine and liquor upon obtaining a retail permit. Beer distributors who purchase a permit would be permitted to sell an unlimited amount of wine and/or liquor. Restaurant and hotel licensees who purchase a permit would be permitted to sell up to three liters of wine and/or liquor for off-premise consumption.

Sponsors:

Wagner (R-York) - Prime Sponsor
Mensch
Stefano
Vulakovich
Scarnati

Alloway
Eichelberger
White
Bartolotta
Ward

History:

Referred to Senate Law & Justice Committee - June 22, 2015


Senate Bill 189 (Printer's Number 181,1827,1851 - current)

 

Allows for the direct shipment of any wine to a consumer for personal consumption - up to thirty-six cases of up to nine liters per case in a calendar year - from both in-state and out-of-state wineries who opbatin a permit. Requires proof of age for delivery. Removes the 18% tax on wne ordered through direct shipment and adds a $1.00 per gallon excise tax. Permits vendors to deliver special liquor orders directly to consumers.

Sponsors:

Sonney (D-Erie) - Prime Sponsor
Barrar
Costa, D.
Ellis
Grell
Harris, A.
James
Killion
Knowles
Mackenzie
Marsico
Millard
O'Brian
O'Neill

Sainato
Saylor
DeLuca
Simmons
Oberlander
Kirkland
Truitt
Moul
Gibbons
Kortz
Farry
Miccarelli
Davis

History:

Referred to House Liquor Control Committee - January 23, 2015
First Consideration - April 22, 2015
Second Consideration - May 6, 2015
Third Consideration and Final Passage (192-1) - May 11, 2015
Referred to Senate Law & Justice Committee - May 20, 2015
Reported as Amended and First Consideration - June 16, 2015
Re-Reported from Senate Appropriations as Amended - June 22, 2015
Second Consideration - June 23, 2015
Third Consideration and final passage (31-18) - June 24, 2015


Senate Bill 15 (Printer's Number 513)

 

Encourages the locating of state stores within commercial locations (including grocery stores); Excludes Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day as holidays the state stores are closed; Removes 25% restriction on the number of state stores that can open on Sundays; Extends Sunday operating hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Establishes customer loyalty program offering discounts and incentives; Permits lottery ticket sales in state stores; Permits PLCB to offer flexible pricing on products sold in state stores as long as they are uniform; Increases licensee discount from 10% to 16%; Provides for direct shipment of wine; Allows distributors to sell packages of beer less than a case and taverns and restaurants to sell up to twenty-four bottles to a single person.

Sponsors:

Brewster (D-Allegheny) - Prime Sponsor
Yudichak
Teplitz
Fontana
Hughes
Farnese
Tartaglione
Blake
Costa
Leach

Schwank
Williams
Smith
Wozniak
Haywood
Kitchen
Dinniman
Wiley
Boscola

History:

Referred to Senate Law & Justice Committee - February 25, 2015


House Bill 466 (Printer’s Number 511, 521, 1985 - current)

Privatization:

Divests the retail and wholesale divisions of the PLCB; Establishes 1200 wine and spirits retail licenses available first to beer distributors and then to the general public one year following enactment with an additional 600 licenses available as state store operations cease; Establishes a grocery store license to allow grocery stores to sell wine for off-premise consumption; Establishes operating hours for wine and spirits retail licenses from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday; Increases licensee discount from 10% to 14%; Identification scan machines must be used by wine and spirits retail licensees for all sales to persons appearing under the age of 35; Establishes a wine-to-go permit for current hotel and restaurant license holders – as long as the restaurant licensee does not have an interior connection to another licensed business; Eliminates the prohibition of the sale of alcohol at locations with a gas pump; permits out of state alcohol purchases as long as all Pennsylvania taxes are paid; Establishes a transition team to assist displaced state store employees; Displaced employees will be given three additional points on a Civil Service exam and preference for a state position that does not require a Civil Service exam as long as they meet the requisite requirements; Provides two-year educational grant to displaced employees.

 

Sponsors:

Turzai (R-Allegheny) – Prime Sponsor
Reed (R-Indiana) – Prime Sponsor
Adolph
Benninghoff
Cutler
Ellis
Major
Oberlander
Mustio
Baker
Barrar
Bloom
Corbin
Delozier
Diamond
Dunbar
Dush
Emrick
English
Evankovich
Everett
Fee
Gabler
Gillespie
Grenier
Grove
Harper
A. Harris
Heffley
Helm
Hickernell
Phillips-Hill
Kampf
Kauffman
F. Keller
Killion
Klunk

Knowles
Lawrence
Mackenzie
Marshall
Masser
McGinnis
Mentzer
Metcalfe
Millard
Milne
Moul
Nesbit
Ortitay
Payne
Peifer
Pickett
Quigley
Rapp
Reese
Regan
Roae
Ross
Saccone
Sankey
Saylor
Schemel
Simmons
Sonney
Staats
Tallman
Tobash
Toepel
Toohil
Topper
Truitt
Watson

History:

Referred to House Liquor Control Committee – February 12, 2015
Voted Favorably from House Liquor Control Committee – February 23, 2015
Second Consideration - February 25, 2015
Third Consideration and Final Passage (114-87) - February 26, 2015
Referred to Senate Law & Justice Committee - February 27, 2015
Reported as Amended and First Consideration - June 28, 2015
Re-Referred to Senate Appropriations - June 28, 2015
Re-Reported from Senate Appropriations as Committed – June 29, 2015
Second Consideration – June 29, 2015
Third Consideration and Final Passage in the Senate – June 30, 2015
Referred to House Rules Committee, Re-Reported on Concurrence as Committed, House Concurred in Senate Amendments (113-82) – June 30, 2015
Signed in the House – June 30, 2015
Signed in the Senate – June 30, 2015
Presented to the Governor – June 30, 2015
Vetoed by the Governor – July 2, 2015