Pre-emption of Local Paid and Unpaid Leave Ordinances:SB 333 (Sen. Eichelberger [R-Blair]) and HB 184 (Rep. Grove [R-York]) — Work to pass legislation that would prohibit local municipalities and political subdivisions from passing paid and unpaid leave ordinances. All leave legislation would be implemented on the state level which would offer much needed uniformity for multi-store operators.
Raising the Minimum Presumptive Price for Cigarettes:SB 691 (Sen. Mensch [R-Berks]) — Provide an increase in the minimum presumptive price for cigarettes by raising the percentage mark-up from six percent to seven percent for retailers. The language for this legislation is also currently contained in HB 1327 (fiscal code).
Alcohol Wholesale and Retail Sales Reform: Work to update state alcohol sales and distribution laws to allow our member retailers to sell alcoholic beverages in their store locations. PFMA is neutral on HB 466 (Rep. Turzai [R-Allegheny]).
Convenience Store Permits:HB 1733 (Rep. Saylor [R-York]) - PFMA supports this legislation which would create a convenience store permit for off-premises beer sales. This legislation will enhance the choice, convenience and selection that Pennsylvania residents are demanding.
Change the SNAP Disbursement Schedule: Adjust the SNAP disbursement schedule to allow for a staggered approach in providing benefits to recipients across the Commonwealth. Currently most recipients receive their benefits in the first ten days of the month.
Increase Retailer Incentives and Commission for Lottery Sales: Work with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania Lottery and the state legislature to increase the commission for retailers selling lottery tickets.
Creation of Commerce Courts: PFMA supports this concept generally, and legislation by HB 323 (Rep. Grove [R-York]) specifically, which would allow the Superior Court or a court of common pleas to establish a commerce court program that shall have specialized jurisdiction over appeals relating to businesses.
Maintain Current Retail Application Process for WIC During E-WIC Transition:Allow retailers to continue to apply and receive approval for pending and future Women Infants and Children (WIC) program applications during the transition to e-WIC by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, from 2017-2020. Check Cashing Legislation:HB 460 (Rep. Ross [R-Chester]) and SB 489 (Sen. Yaw [R-Lycoming]) - PFMA supports these bills instructing the state Department of Banking not to require food merchants to register their check cashing operations under the national mortgage licensing system. HB 460 is in committee in the House, and SB 489 has passed the Senate and is currently in the House Commerce Committee.
Mandatory GMO Labeling: Oppose attempts to mandate GMO labeling on consumer products.
Increasing the State Cigarette Tax or Instituting New Taxes on OTP or E-Cigarettes:Defeat any proposed increases to the state cigarette tax as well as the implementation of new taxes on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Increasing the Minimum Wage: (multiple House and Senate proposals) — Work to stop minimum wage increases on the state level from its current rate of $7.25 per hour.
State Sales Tax Increase and Base Expansion: Halt attempts to raise and/or expand the state sales tax from its current rate of six percent and expand the base to additional products.
Reducing or Eliminating the Sales Tax Vendor Allowance: Maintain the current one percent Vendor Sales Tax Collection Allowance so that retailers can continue to be reimbursed for the administrative costs they incur for collecting the tax for the state.
Biosimilar Product Substitution Legislation:SB 514 (Sen. Vance [R-Cumberland]) — Halt unnecessary and burdensome reporting requirements related to biosimilar products (biological drugs designed to have active properties similar to a previously-licensed drug) from being placed on pharmacies/pharmacists. This effort deals with amending Pennsylvania’s generic equivalent drug law.
Alcohol Sales/PLCB Modernization:SB 15 (Sen. Brewster [D-Allegheny]) — PFMA opposes SB 15 as it does not adequately improve the alcohol sales and distribution systems for consumers and businesses in Pennsylvania.
Online Lottery- PMFA opposes the creation of an online lottery which would undercut lottery sales and sales in general by brick and mortar retailers. Also, it could create problems of age verification related to purchasing tickets online and not inside a store. Finally, the use of debit and credit cards for these sales could cause increased financial problems for the purchaser.