Kinsey, Fitzgerald applaud ‘stop-and-go’ bill passage in the House

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., today applauded the passage of a bill in the House of Representatives that would address the issue of nuisance establishments that sell alcohol and disrupt communities.

House Bill 1547 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.

Kinsey, who held a public meeting in March with Fitzgerald on the issue of these nuisance establishments, said this legislation is a major step in addressing how these stores disrupt local communities.

“The residents of Philadelphia deserve to have the best quality of life possible without the problems caused by stop-and-go issues,” Kinsey said. “I applaud Rep. Jordan Harris and my fellow colleagues from Philadelphia for joining forces to combat this issue head-on with this legislation.

“I am encouraged to continue the conversation and bring an end to these unwanted businesses.”

Fitzgerald echoed her colleague’s comments.

“Between the public meetings and the tireless work by my colleagues, we are moving forward to take action and eliminate the problems with these nuisance establishments,” Fitzgerald said. “I remain committed to working with state and local agencies to reverse the negative trend of consequences these businesses are bringing to our neighborhoods.”

The legislation would give LCB the authority to look at the number of citations, police incidents, objection to renewals and conditional license agreements of eatery and restaurant licensees to determine if an area should be deemed a saturated nuisance market location. Additionally, saturated nuisance market areas would be subject to additional conditions such as transaction scan devices, food preparation, and unannounced inspections by the State Police Liquor Control Enforcement.

The bill moves to the Senate for consideration.