PLCB announces record sales as lawmakers float pricing changes

PLCB announces record sales as lawmakers float pricing changes

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) on Wednesday announced record sales for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, just a day after state lawmakers held a hearing on whether to forego the board’s current pricing model.

 

The PLCB is reporting $2.67 billion in sales for the most recent fiscal year, which the board says is an increase of $75.2 million from the previous year. The liquor control board, which oversees liquor sales throughout the state, says the increase continues a 20-year trend of year-over-year sales increases. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
PLCB insists flexible pricing is a boon for Pennsylvania consumers but some lawmakers are skeptical

PLCB insists flexible pricing is a boon for Pennsylvania consumers but some lawmakers are skeptical

Looking to buy a bottle of scotch or a case of wine? Lawmakers are again set to dive into a continued dispute over whether Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor stores are giving consumers the best deal on those liquor products.

The controversy centers on the flexible pricing mechanism, introduced in Act 39 of 2016, which allows the state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores to mark up products at its discretion. Previously it had to mark up all products at a flat 30 percent rate, regardless of a product’s cost.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would roll back PennDOT’s decision to allow gender-neutral licenses, restrict the use of PFAS-based firefighting foam and prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgeries for state prison inmates. 

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Legislators call for an age change for those receiving marriage licenses

Legislators call for an age change for those receiving marriage licenses

Representatives Perry Warren (D-Bucks) and Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) joined Senators Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria) and John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) to push for their legislation that would make 18 the legal age to obtain a marriage license. 

The House recently passed Warren and Topper's legislation, HB 360, and the senators are confident that their bill will pass the Senate floor. SB 81 passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee unanimously and is waiting to be brought up on the floor. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

The House Education committee approved a slate of bills Monday designed to beef up the state’s charter school law, despite the fact that the committee’s chair acknowledged they will need alteration before being considered by the full chamber.

The four-bill package would aim to modernize the charter school code, which proponents of the measures say hasn’t been meaningfully addressed since it was approve in the 1990s. The bills would give charters the right of first refusal for purchase or lease public school buildings, create a standardized charter application and increase ethics requirements for charter and cyber charter boards.
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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