Legislator of the Month
The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month
June 2015: Senator Rich Alloway (R)
Majority Caucus Secretary
Vice Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee
Senator Rich Alloway has proven to be an important advocate to the industry since joining the Senate in 2008. He gained crucial experience about this industry from his previous position as Executive Director of your association. His knowledge of your businesses has been crucial in communicating to his colleagues how a proposal may look on paper versus how it plays out in the reality of daily business for Pennsylvania licensees. His intervention and aid on our behalf has been invaluable and rock solid.While Rich is well-versed in our issues, he has proven to be an excellent legislator for his constituents and a successful member of the PA Senate. He has quickly risen from freshman Senator to Majority Caucus Secretary, a respected leadership position. He also serves as the Vice Chair of Senate Law & Justice committee which oversees all alcohol/licensee related bills in the Senate. It is the privilege of the PA Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association to honor Senator Rich Alloway. One of our own that continues to make a difference for Commonwealth licensees.
I have not remembered a time that so many changes have been made to the industry without legislation. First, the PLCB announced that your businesses are now able to deliver up to 2 six-packs to customers, but then continued with the shocking 12-pack for Distributors ruling. While the delivery for retail licensees will help those that have that business model, the 12-pack decision impacts your tier of the industry with a broader brush. I have repeatedly stated in the press, in session, and Senate hearings that if a change happens in one tier then an equal change must happen in all tiers with package reform. Having the smaller packages available for off-premise consumption was a part of your license value. I am advocating to restore that lost value. Increasing what you can sell out the door, saving business revenue on inventory, and making your day-today life easier with needed liquor code changes would help restore balance and license values in our 3-tiered system. All of our PA businesses are important and the state should not hinder any of our employers unilaterally!
Tavern Games has been a priority of mine. The amount of revenue these games produce successfully for licensees in other states and the Commonwealth is a win/win for business and the state budget. The first Tavern Games bill passed in 2013. It was a great way to get the door open to legalized gaming in your places. However, the logistics of it spread between 3 state agencies proved to be over-expensive and way too burdensome in paperwork and time. That’s why I introduced Senate Bill 667 this session and intend to see commonsense improvements made to the Tavern Games law this year!
– Increase Licensee keep to 45%
– Add new games like “Night at the Races”
– End FBI Background Check requirement
– Lower annual fee to $500
– Takes Risk and Citations Away from Liquor License
– One Annual Report
These changes will lower fees dramatically; increase profits substantially, and gets rid of the threat on your license while providing many more options of games to entertain your patrons. Commonwealth licensees deserve the ability to play in the state’s gambling world the same as any other licensed establishment!
The PA Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association is truly a great resource to its’ members and the legislature.
Your Harrisburg team is in direct contact with the legislature and tirelessly working to promote your businesses and contributions to the state. As members, you should be proud of the good work your group has been able to accomplish by securing wins for your business and by beating down bad legislation that negatively affects your businesses.