The following is a statement from Chuck Moran, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association. The statement concerns HB 1160, a bill related to off-premise catering permits.
(Harrisburg, June 20, 2023) Today, the Pennsylvania House passed HB 1160 by a 202-1 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate.
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Napoleon Nelson, helps many family-owned taverns, bars, and licensed restaurants increase revenue opportunities as they work to recover from years of bad news.
In part, HB 1160 allows liquor licensees with off-premise catering permits to hold an unlimited number of off-premise catering events beyond 2024. Currently, Act 87 of 2021 sunsets at the end of 2024. If allowed to sunset, the state would revert back to outdated liquor code that limits the number of off-premise catering events. Rep. Nelson’s bill removes the sunset date among other things.
The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association fully supports this bill as it passed the House today.
For several years now, it’s been a financially difficult time for family-owned taverns, bars, and licensed restaurants. First, the industry lost the exclusive right to sell six-packs to go, resulting in significant loss of revenue. This was followed by pandemic restrictions that closed indoor dining. Then recovery efforts were hampered by supply chain issues, inflation, and a lack of workers.
Passing HB 1160 to help these businesses was the right thing to do. We hope the State Senate agrees and will move the bill in a timely manner.
The PLBTA thanks Rep. Nelson for his work on this bill, and the efforts of all House Members who provided support.
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The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association is the statewide political voice for small business taverns and licensed restaurants. Based in Harrisburg, the Association formed after Prohibition in 1941, reorganized in 2019, and today advocates for best practices and rights within the industry as well as best experiences for patrons. To learn more, visit www.pataverns.com or follow the Association on Twitter via @TavernPA.
Earlier this year, the PLBTA produced a Tavern Talk news video about this issue and Rep. Nelson’s interest to help. You can watch that video by clicking here.