Donatucci, Youngblood applaud ‘stop and go’ bill as it advances to full House

HARRISBURG, June 14 – A bill introduced by members of the Philadelphia County Delegation to address the issue of “stop and go” nuisance alcohol-selling businesses has advanced out of the Liquor Control Committee to the full House of Representatives.

H.B. 1547 was introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. The bill 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.

The bill was strongly supported by state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Youngblood and Donatucci, who is also the Democratic secretary on the House Liquor Control Committee, have held several public meetings on the issue this year. They have expressed their satisfaction with the Philadelphia Delegation coming together to unite around the issue.

Donatucci, chairwoman of the House of Representative’s Philadelphia Delegation, said, “This was an effort on behalf of the entire Philadelphia Delegation, and without the hearings held earlier this year, we would have never gotten this far. Through cooperation and a united front, the delegation can accomplish great things for the city of Philadelphia.”

Youngblood, the Democratic Caucus Secretary, said, “This legislation is a great first step to finally address the issue of stop and gos in Philadelphia. Although there are still some issues that need to be worked out with the bill, we are committed to working with our colleagues throughout the Commonwealth to address their concerns.”

Donatucci added, “This bill will allow us to identify areas where there are multiple establishments that are not good community partners. We can now mandate additional requirements on these establishments to ensure that a few bad actors are no longer able to manipulate or ignore state liquor laws.”