HARRISBURG – After Gov. Tom Wolf announced his plan to provide assistance to the state’s struggling restaurants and taverns by waiving liquor license fees, Somerset County Sen. Pat Stefano, Chairman of the state Senate Law and Justice Committee and a third-generation business owner, responded that the proposal fails to recognize the fact that there aren’t going to be restaurants and taverns left to pay the fees if changes are not allowed for them to reopen safely. He said these employers need relief that increases revenue – not one that cuts expenses. Stefano said he’s heard from restaurant and tavern owners who want the ability to safely and effectively run their business, not a one-time handout. Gov. Wolf vetoed House Bill 2513 which would have provided relief from the restrictions by allowing the minimum capacity to expand to 50%, remove the ban on bar service, and eliminate the meal requirement to purchase alcohol.

SEN. PAT STEFANO