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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 23, 2021 12:51 PM
From: Representative Frank Burns
To: All House members
Subject: Giving Lawmakers a Voice on the PLCB
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is a vast, powerful agency tasked with operating hundreds of retail wine and spirits stores, licensing thousands of venues and conducting alcohol education and training.  The agency is guided by a three-person board with members nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.
I believe lawmakers of both parties, in both chambers, should have a voice in who oversees alcohol sales and licensing in Pennsylvania.  Representatives and senators have their finger on the pulse of their districts and often hear what’s going well or poorly when it comes to state stores and bar/restaurant operations. 

That’s why I’m introducing legislation that would give the General Assembly the opportunity to appoint LCB members.  Under my plan, the board would expand to five members and board salaries would be adjusted so that the additional seats do not cost the state or the agency more money.
This plan is a win-win.  An agency of this magnitude will benefit from a broader spectrum of board members providing oversight and guidance.  Similarly, everyday Pennsylvanians’ wishes will be more accurately represented through their elected officials’ appointments to the board.
Please join me in sponsoring this package of legislation to improve the LCB by giving the General Assembly representation on the board.

Document #1

Introduced as HB1149

Description: Bill #1: Adding legislative appointments to the Liquor Control Board

My first bill amends the Liquor Code by expanding the size the state Liquor Control Board from three to five members.  One member would be appointed by the governor and one each appointed by House Republicans, House Democrats, Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats. As under current law, board members’ terms would remain at four years with the appointments staggered.

Document #2

Introduced as HB1150

Description: Bill #2: Adjusting Liquor Control Board salaries

My second bill amends the Public Official Compensation Law to keep the expansion of the board revenue neutral.  This bill takes the current total spent on three board salaries and divides it among five members.  Under this plan, board member pay would be set at $47,500 (down from $78,751) and board chairman compensation at $49,500 (down from $81,980).