DeLissio lauds passage of bill to close nuisance stop-and-go’s in city

Pictured are Darece Williford, Cheryl Spencer, DeLissio, and Denise Whittiker - three members of the Community Action Group with DeLissio.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio on Wednesday joined Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the state Liquor Control Board, and state and local Philadelphia legislators for the signing of a bill that increases the state’s ability to better deal with “stop and go” nuisance establishments in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.

The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed last week. Under the legislation, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensed establishment does not meet the seating, square footage, food or health requirements under the state Liquor Code, the LCB can suspend the license immediately. The new law also gives local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements.

The bill was signed at the same location that two years ago DeLissio convened city, state and civic stakeholders to understand the problem from as many perspectives as possible and to identify, in particular, the barriers to a solution.

“I brought the agenda and the stakeholder chart from that meeting to the bill signing,” DeLissio said. “The bill signing reflects the collective efforts of my colleagues in the House and Senate to give communities the opportunity to eliminate nuisance stop and go establishments that so negatively impact their neighborhoods.

“This has been an issue that has plagued Philadelphia neighborhoods for decades, and I applaud Governor Wolf for his help and action on the bill.”

DeLissio said she is particularly proud of the work of the Community Action Group, a civic association that includes her constituents in the 194th Legislative District. 

“These civic leaders have clearly made a difference for not only their neighborhood but all of Philadelphia,” DeLissio said.