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Governor Corbett To Sign Bill Loosening Rules For Happy Hours

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign a bill now heading to his desk that would allow Pennsylvania bars and restaurants to use their weekly allotment of “Happy Hours” in a more flexible way.

The bill passed by the House and sent to the governor will still limit the total number of Happy Hours to 14 a week, but establishments could now have up to four hours a day instead of only two.

Philadelphia Republican John Taylor, chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, says, “If you have a Happy Hour during the Eagles game or Monday Night Football, I mean, two hours just doesn’t do it for you to keep your audience.”

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The bill also allows licensees to sell alcohol when catering events off premises. And it will make selling beer that isn’t properly registered a bureaucratic matter, so that the situation that occurred a few years ago, when several Philadelphia bars were raided by state police, doesn’t occur again.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s committee this week approved a bill that would allow more state stores to be open on Sundays, but he says that measure is not likely to get a full House vote anytime soon.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Tedward Jacobs

    I see the Governor is moving forward with the important business of the state. We’re going to need more drinking time if the State is going to be run like this much longer…

    • Tedward Jacobs

      Sorry, I meant Commonwealth. I been hanging in Jersey, where that other loser is Governor, too much lately.

  • grumpy

    My original 3 comments weren’t even addressed to this article????????

  • Carolyn

    The State of Pennsylvania must want more money, so they’ll keep establishments that serve liquor a lot happier by giving them 4 hours instead of 2!!! DUI will be on the rise and perhaps more deaths due to the extension…I sure hope not!!!

  • grumpy

    What’s the matter Philly? Afraid to raise taxes on a REAL money maker?

    • grumpy

      That also goes to the state law makers as well. Afraid to tax a REAL money maker?

      • grumpy

        Opps, I’m sorry. The booze lobby already paid every body off!

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