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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 9, 2017 08:46 AM
From: Representative Peter Schweyer
To: All House members
Subject: Public Venue Definition
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation, which amends the Act of April 12, 1951 (P.L. 90, No. 21), known as the Liquor Code to modify the definition of public venue to allow venues located in a Neighborhood Improvement Zone to have only 1,000 permanent seats.

Neighborhood Improvement Zones were created to help cities that are economically struggling invest in their communities in the form of economic development to help revitalize the area. In order for Neighborhood Improvement Zones to be successful, we must invest in attractions that are desirable to the public, such as shopping centers, event centers, and sports complexes.

Under current law, in order to qualify as a public venue and be eligible for a retail liquor license, a venue must have 2,000 permanent seats, often exceeding the capacity limit for buildings in confined areas. By allowing attractions within Neighborhood Investment Zones to have a lesser requirement for seating, similar to Third Class County Convention Centers, we are allowing them the opportunity to prosper, and contribute economically.

If enacted, my legislation would add Neighborhood Improvement Zones to the exception within the definition of “public venue” that is only required to have 1,000 permanent seats, similar to Third Class County Convention Centers. This change would allow for future developments in Neighborhood Improvement Zones and allow economies to thrive.

Colleagues, please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1543