Bullock, Thomas applaud ‘Stop-and-Go’ bill passage in the House

Bill to address nuisance establishments sponsored by Bullock

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Reps. Donna Bullock and W. Curtis Thomas, both D-Phila., applauded the passing of a bill in the House that would address the issue of nuisance establishments that sell alcohol and disrupt communities.

House Bill 1547, introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila., and Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas.

Bullock has been at the forefront of examining ways to address the issue and said this legislation is a major step to combating these nuisance establishments.

“From hosting public meetings to working with my colleagues, this effort would provide an avenue to help bring an end to the negative consequences associated with these stop-and-gos in our communities,” Bullock said. “I am proud to have worked with Representatives Jordan Harris and Joanna McClinton in crafting this legislation to address the concerns of our residents.”

Thomas, who held a public meeting in April with Bullock on the issue of these nuisance establishments, echoed his colleague’s comments.

“By working together, we can reverse the damages that these stop-and-gos have caused for far too long,” Thomas said. “We know these establishments lead to additional illegal activity where crime is too high already. The passage of H.B. 1547 is moving us closer to answering the public’s call to provide them with the safest neighborhoods possible.”

In addition to violations in other sections of the Liquor Code, violations in saturated areas would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions as follows:

  • First offense- a fine of not less than $250, nor more than $1,000.
  • Second Offense- a fine not less than $2,000 nor more than $5,000 and suspension of operating privileges for at least 7 days.
  • Third or subsequent offense- A fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000 and license revocation.

The bill moves to the Senate for consideration.