Nov. 20, 2020

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Craig Staats (R-Bucks) to permit owners of old hotel liquor licenses to convert them to restaurant liquor licenses is now on its way to becoming law.

Last evening, the House concurred in Senate amendments to House Bill 1617, which would give owners of hotel licenses issued prior to 1949, a window during which they could apply to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to convert them to restaurant licenses, a move that would give the license owners greater flexibility in the transferability of the licenses. Only about 260 hotel licensees were issued prior to 1949.

“Currently, the law requires hotel licenses to remain with the property when sold,” said Staats. “By allowing hotel licenses to be converted to restaurant licenses, my bill would permit the licenses and real estate to be sold separately, providing for the productive use of these licenses in areas of the Commonwealth in need of economic development and growth.”

The Senate amended Staats’ bill this week to change labeling requirements for some beverage alcohol products. House Bill 1617 is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

Representative Craig Staats
145th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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