Measure containing Kenyatta legislation passes House

The bill would help boost small businesses

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced his legislation that would expand the type of businesses that could apply for a performing arts facility liquor license was amended into a bill that passed the House.

Kenyatta’s bill (H.B. 1576) would allow theaters that primarily screen independent films, classic films and second-run films if they have between 100 and 350 seats to get such a license.

That legislation was amended into H.B. 1589, which would permit performing arts facilities to serve alcohol prior to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Businesses would be able to move operating hours to as early as 10 a.m.

“Small businesses are the backbone of communities across Philadelphia and the commonwealth. They not only keep our neighborhoods thriving, but they are a great source of jobs and feed into the local economy,” Kenyatta said. “I hope this legislation moves quickly through the Senate and onto Governor Wolf’s desk for him to sign in order to help level the playing field for small business owners in Philadelphia and beyond.”

House Bill 1589 is the first bill to pass for Kenyatta as a first-time legislator. It now awaits consideration in the Senate.