Readshaw bill would give control of liquor licenses to local governments
Last week, the House Liquor Control Committee voted unanimously to send House Bill 262 to the full House of Representatives.
The bill, introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, would help South Side residents deal with the continuing problem of too many licensed bars and restaurants.
“After almost eight years of working on this problem, H.B. 262 will be in a position to be voted on by the full House. The Legislature has generally limited the number of liquor licenses for the retail sale of brewed beverages and liquor to one license for every 3,000 inhabitants in any county,” Rep. Readshaw said.
“My bill would enable local municipalities to establish a maximum saturation ratio for licensed establishments. This will assist officials in combating the problems experienced by citizens of the South Side of Pittsburgh by limiting the number of liquor licenses. At the present time, there are approximately 160 liquor licenses on the South Side.”