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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: March 11, 2013 05:12 PM
From: Senator Jake Corman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Alcohol Violation Legislation
In the near future, I will reintroduce Senate Bill 943 of last session. This legislation seeks to reduce the number of alcohol violations by distributing new fee money to college and university host municipalities impacted by problem drinking.

I have heard from many constituents in my district that alcohol abuse violations in or around college and university campuses are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. The negative impacts of these violations are growing and affecting the community, schools and students alike. Prevention programs have been shown to provide visual and effective means to reduce these offenses. However, as police forces continue to deal with increasing violations, funding for any additional targeted programing is unavailable.

My legislation provides that municipalities where colleges and universities are located may create a local law enforcement alcohol offense prevention unit to be used for the prevention of alcohol violations. The funds for the unit are collected through a new $100 court fee on all alcohol violations within the municipality and all funds collected must be used for the prevention of alcohol violations through the law enforcement unit. Only municipalities that have or contract with full time police forces may choose to start these programs.

Overall, this measure is aimed at reducing violations, which will subsequently reduce the pressure of alcohol offenses on municipal budgets. That budget pressure is being distributed to taxpayers, rather than by the violators of the offenses; this measure seeks to provide relief paid for by the violators.

This legislation passed the Senate 46-2 last session.

If you have any questions with this cosponsor memo, please contact Scott Sikorski in my office at 787-1377 or ssikorski@pasen.gov.