Making it easier for Pennsylvanians to buy alcohol and gamble

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Making it easier for Pennsylvanians to buy alcohol and gamble



Check out these key votes made by elected officials in Pennsylvania during the most recent legislative session, and go to to signup and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.


House Bill 1196, Expand alcohol sales: Passed 50 to 0 in the Senate on May 18, 2016, and 157 to 41 in the House on July 1, 2016

To create a special alcohol license for the Democratic Convention allowing longer hours for alcohol sales, remove the requirement that wine sales take place at different store registers than beer and food sales, permit Sunday alcohol sales starting at 9 a.m., allow alcohol sales at locations where casinos have slot machines, and decriminalize bringing alcohol purchased out-of-state into Pennsylvania.


House Bill 1690, Expand alcohol sales: Passed 29 to 21 in the Senate on December 10, 2015, and 157 to 31 in the House on June 7, 2016

To allow more businesses to sell wine, to permit state liquor stores to open on holidays and be open more hours on Sundays, to allow these stores to sell discounted items and lottery tickets, and to permit casinos to sell alcohol at all times of the day.


House Bill 770, Allow liquor licensees to offer discounts to patrons who are part of a “mug club”: Passed 184 to 10 in the House on May 15, 2015

To allow liquor licensees to offer discounts on food and malt or brewed beverages to patrons who are part of a club or group program that the licensee offers, often known as “mug clubs.”


House Resolution 619, Urge Congress to legalize sports betting: Passed 140 to 59 in the House on June 29, 2016

To urge the U.S. Congress to lift the federal ban on sports betting and allow states to legalize this type of gambling.


House Bill 2150, Expand legal gambling: Passed 114 to 85 in the House on June 28, 2016

To allow casinos to expand the games they currently offer as well as to allow slot machines at locations outside of casinos and at airports. In addition, the bill legalizes online casino games, such as poker. The bill also permits daily fantasy sports betting, with companies running these games paying a maximum $50,000 fee and a 5% tax.



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