Amy Christie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Tavern Association, issued the following statement regarding House Bill 148 (Payne-R-Dauphin), which Gov. Corbett signed into law yesterday.
The bill updates rules regarding "happy hours;" off-premises catering for licensees; and entertainment during extended food hours offered in licensed taverns and restaurants. It also contains other provisions that modernize the liquor code.
"On behalf of our members who employ more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians statewide, I applaud Gov. Corbett for signing House Bill 148. This new law will give our restaurants and taverns more flexibility in serving our customers.
"This modernization updates a law that was first written in the 1930¹s.
"We also are grateful to the legislature for moving this bill through both chambers this year, especially Rep. Payne, Rep. John Taylor, Rep. Santoni, Sen. Pippy, Sen. Ferlo, and all members on House Liquor Committee and Senate Law & Justice Committee.
"As we look to the fall and beyond, we are committed to working with the legislature and Governor Corbett on addressing other state policies that impact our independently owned businesses, allowing them to thrive and compete on a more level playing field."