Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Even though last session Pennsylvania lawmakers teamed up to “free the six pack” and allow for expanded wine sales in grocery stores, this session some Republican lawmakers are eyeing taking things a step further, not only expanding on the work done last session, but fully moving to divest Pennsylvania of the wholesale wine market.

 

Tuesday, two bills sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would do that passed out of the House Liquor Control Committee along a narrow 15-13 vote that would do just that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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
Playing with house money: Local shares assessment fix sent back to Senate with gaming expansion provisions

Playing with house money: Local shares assessment fix sent back to Senate with gaming expansion provisions

In what could possibly be the final nail in the coffin for a legislative solution this session to the elimination by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of the local share assessment to be paid by casinos to host municipalities, the House voted to send the bill back to the Senate with additional changes.

 

The legislation passed the House by a narrow margin of 108-71.

Thursday, October 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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End of session legislation update – October 25, 2016

End of session legislation update – October 25, 2016

This update will be amended throughout the day

With many proposals racing to completion or failure as the General Assembly tries to wrap up the 2015-2016 legislative session, here’s an update on where some of the high-profile legislative pieces stand.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

With the 2015-2016 legislative session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly expected to come to a close Wednesday, lawmakers started separating the wheat from the chaff in terms of what might become law Monday with items like pension reform and a possible fix and/or expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania taking top position of what lawmakers hope to get done before heading home for the election.

Monday, October 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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