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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 9, 2020 12:45 PM
From: Representative Jeffrey P. Pyle
To: All House members
Subject: Licensee surcharge legislation
In the near future I will be introducing legislation to halve the licensee surcharge contained in the Liquor Code from $700 dollars to $350 dollars. 

Given the dire situation caused by COVID-19, and Governor Wolf’s unilateral decision to close down liquor establishments for on-premise consumption, I believe it is fair to provide these entities with financial relief. For almost four months our local bars, restaurants, and clubs have struggled to raise revenue, and have had to lay off staff, and in some cases may have to close down permanently.  

Given the Governor’s three phased color coded plan to reopen, some liquor establishments may not be able to reopen until close to 2021. Through no fault of their own, licensed establishments are not able to effectively raise revenue, and in some cases may not have the capital to pay the current $700 dollar surcharge.  

Furthermore, my legislation will also provide a one year moratorium from the surcharge for licensees who have been shut down for at least six months due to COVID-19. 

It is my belief that this legislation can play a small role in providing our neighborhood liquor establishments with vital financial relief. 

Thank you in advance for consideration of my legislation. 

Introduced as HB2577