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What has the PA Tavern Association Done For You and Your Business?
For all of those that have questioned the accomplishments of the only statewide organization fighting exclusively for you business and your rights, the following information contains multitudes of reasons why you should become a member today!
Online RAMP Server/Seller Training
- The Pennsylvania Tavern Association was pleased to introduce Pennsylvania's 1st PLCB approved and accepted Online Server/Seller RAMP training course! To see more about this online training course, please visit www.RAMPtraining.com.
Legislative Accomplishments of 2011 | The Pennsylvania Tavern Association was able to push for the following liquor code modernizations for retail licensees:
- Catering Off-Premise with Alcohol: Ability to Cater Off-Premise with alcohol up to 50 times a year for R, H and E licensees.
- Happy Hours: Ability to use your 14 hours of Happy Hour as you wish, including the provision that the happy hours do not have to be consecutive.
- Entertainment During Extended Food Hours: Allows a retail licensee with extended food permits to continue entertainment past 2:30 AM.
- Noise: Allowing for more lenient Noise Restrictions, licensees will now be able to have noise heard to their property line. In addition, noise violations will not count against a licensee's renewal unless the licensee has received six such violations in a 24-month period.
- Sunday Hours: Ability for retail licensees to begin serving alcoholic beverages beginning at 9 AM on Sundays if breakfast or brunch is available.
- Records On Premises: Allows licensees to only keep the most recent six months worth of records on their licensed premise. The remaining two years worth of records may be kept at an off-site storage facility so long as those records can be returned to the licensed premise within 24 hours of a request by BLCE.
- Non-Sufficient Fund Violations: Changes to worthless check investigations: If a licensee issues a check that is unsupported by sufficient funds, the licensee who accepts the check must notify the malt beverage compliance officer with the PLCB. The malt beverage compliance officer will then notify the licensee that issued the worthless check that he has ten days to honor the check or the matter will be turned over to the PA State Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for a citation.
PA Taverns Association's Legislative Accomplishments:
- Modernized Happy Hour Laws
- Catering Off-Premise with Alcohol
- Entertainment during extended food hours
- Successfully lobbied to allow women to tend bar.
- Increased State Store discount for licensees to 10%.
- Legislation passed to Create Happy Hours.
- Approved for all licensees to be open on St. Patrick's Day, even on Sundays.
- Got passed recycling law in lieu if deposits.
- Increased ounces of sale for off-premise consumption from 144 to 192.
- Licensees do not have to pay mercantile tax on alcohol.
- Made it legal for minors 16 years of age or older to work on licensed premises.
- Licensees able to be open on Election Days.
- All licensees can be open on New Years Eve regardless of day of the week.
- Minors permitted in licensed establishment with proper supervision.
- Secondary service area protected. (decks)
- Underage Drinking law passed.
- Sunday Sales Food Percentage decreased to 30% from 50%.
- No more food requirements for Sunday Sales Permit.
- Wine dispensing systems for retail licensees.
- Regulations permitting tournaments and contests on licensed premises.
- Special Occasion Permits restricted to licensee hours.
- Sales of promotional items by licensees.
- 180 day provisions on beer prices.
- PA Lottery tickets on licensed premises.
- Changing of law to give municipality and township final vote on any license transfers.
- Ended Resort licenses.
- Pizza Hut exemption.
- Exempting pre-1939 Hotel liquor licensees from room requirements.
- Premiums paid for licenses to be kept in safekeeping after 2 years instead of the deletion of said license.
- Using driver licenses, passports, visas, and military identification cards as valid ID.
- Retail licenses of an incorporated unit of a national veterans' organization is not transferable to any other organization or person.
- Extended the hours of Sunday Sales for all licensees.
- Licensees able to receive and display product signs and memorabilia from ID's and D's.
- Extended Hours Food License for Licensees to serve food from 2am to 7am.
- Ability to sell alcoholic ciders.
- All licensees to be open on for Super-Bowls.
- Ended Special Occupancy Tax ($250.00 annually)