State Rep. Kevin Schreiber bill could lower eligibility requirements for special liquor licenses

Written by Flint McColgan, Daily Record/Sunday News | Jun 9, 2015 10:26 AM

If overwhelming committee approval is any indication of a state House bill's future success, some restaurateurs will soon have an easier way to serve alcohol to their patrons.

House Bill 1110, sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, would reduce the food-to-liquor ratio from 70 to 50 percent for restaurant eligibility for a special economic development liquor license, which is much less expensive than a regular liquor license but comes with caveats including inability to sell or transfer the license.

The bill passed the House Liquor Control board Monday by a vote of 15 to 3 and will soon move on to consideration by the full House. Two Republican and one Democratic committee members voted against it.

Nothing other than the ratio requirement in the already established law would be changed by the bill, should it move into law.

"Restaurants can be a catalyst for economic and community development in our older communities like York," Schreiber said following the committee vote.

Under the law, counties the size of York County are permitted to approve two economic development liquor licenses per year, but Schreiber said there have only been a total of 25 issued across the commonwealth over the last decade.

This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF. 

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