|Posted:||December 15, 2022 04:02 PM|
|From:||Senator Patrick J. Stefano|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Allowing the Delivery of Wine|
|In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that would allow restaurant liquor licensees to deliver wine to Pennsylvanians.
Currently, malt and brewed beverages are the only alcoholic beverages able to be delivered to consumers from liquor licenses. My legislation would authorize restaurant licensees that hold a wine-expanded permit to utilize a transporter for hire to deliver wine the same way malt and brewed beverages are able to be delivered.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hospitality industry employed nearly 600,000 Pennsylvanians in 2019. By December 2020, that number had dropped to just 411,000 employed. The damage done to this industry over the past year has been disastrous.
As Pennsylvania continues to recover from the economic toll of COVID-19, it is essential that we assist our local businesses by providing new revenue streams. Offering relief on the other side of the ledger was necessary to avoid immediate closures, but now we need to shift our focus to allowing these businesses to do what they do best; safely serve their customers.
This legislation was formerly Senate Bill 616 from the 2021-22 Legislative Session. The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Boscola, Mastriano, Mensch, and J. Ward.
In an effort to prevent further establishments from being forced to make the decision to permanently close their doors, I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at email@example.com.
Introduced as SB131