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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 24, 2020 01:56 PM
From: Representative Gerald J. Mullery
To: All House members
Subject: Waiving Renewal Fees for Licensees Struggling During COVID-19
Across our state, thousands of businesses have been devastated by the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Among Pennsylvania restaurant operators that haven’t closed permanently, 91 percent say they have laid off or furloughed employees since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in March.  This crisis hit liquor licensees especially hard, with many locations being shutdown for months at a time, and losing a considerable amount of revenue during, what would normally be, their busiest time of year.
We need to do everything we can to protect licensee holders.  Therefore, I plan on introducing legislation that would waive all 2021 license renewal and permit fees for any liquor licensee holding a club, restaurant, hotel, or eatery license; who can demonstrate a loss of more than 25% loss of sales as a result of the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
We, collectively, have the power to help these Pennsylvania licensees, by taking one more burden off of their shoulders and helping to slowing bring back a sense of financial stability. Please join me in co-sponsoring this incredibly important and timely legislation.

Introduced as HB2783