Alcohol Sales Privatization: PFMA seeks to give consumers the ability to purchase beer, wine and spirits in any quantity in grocery and convenience stores. We support privatizing wholesale and retail operations and creating new licenses for interested retailers. PFMA is neutral on HB 466 (Rep. Turzai [R-Allegheny]). PFMA opposes SB 15 (Sen. Brewster [D-Allegheny]) and Governor Wolf’s Alcohol Sales Modernization Plans.
Raising the Minimum Presumptive Price on Cigarettes: This is a priority issue for PFMA members. We support language which would give retailers a one percent increase in their presumptive markup from six percent to seven percent. Further, the legislation will require records of each contract of sale, but they may be presented as electronic or internet evidence.
Minimum Wage Increases: PFMA opposes SB 195 and SB 196 (Sen. Tartaglione [D-Philadelphia]) and any other increases and agrees with many legislators and other statewide groups that they could do more harm than good in aiding the growing economy. PFMA is neutral on Senator Wagner’s (R-York) SB 610 to raise the wage to $8.75 over three years.
Increasing Lottery Sales Incentives for Retailers: PFMA would like to see expanded lottery gaming opportunities for members. Also, we would like to have consumers purchase cards from retailers in the stores to use for online lottery gaming. This would ensure store traffic and revenues don’t decline with the future of online play such as keno. PFMA testified in support of Governor Corbett’s proposal to privatize the lottery early in 2013.
Raising the commission rate for retailers selling lottery products: PFMA supports increasing retailer’s commissions for selling lottery products from 5% up to 10% depending on weekly sales volume. Other incentives could be offered depending on the type of game being sold.
SNAP/WIC Regulations and Funding: SNAP and WIC are vital programs to our members and their customers. We would be concerned with any funding cuts or burdensome regulations impeding our members from participating and qualified individuals from accessing the programs.
Pharmacy Issues: Pharmacy Issues- PFMA supports legislation allowing pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer immunizations to minors with parental consent under certain conditions. This bill, originally HB 182 (Rep. Grove [R-York]), was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor as Act 8 or 2015. Also, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) regulation and transparency is a priority issue.
Check Cashing Legislation: Supports HB 460 (Rep. Ross [R-Chester]) and SB 489 (Sen. Yaw [R-Lycoming]) bills instructing the state Department of Banking not to require food merchants to register their check cashing operations under the national mortgage licensing system. Legislation is in committee in both chambers.
Property Tax Reform: We oppose SB 76 (Rep. Argall [R-Berks]), HB 860 (Rep. Saylor [R-York]), and any bill that would raise sales taxes locally or allow for the taxing of food. SB 76 passed out of committee last session.
GMO Labeling:We oppose legislation which requires GMO labeling by our members. A number of bills were introduced last session on this issue, but did not move.
Restricting Sale of E-Cigarettes/Alternative Nicotine Products to Minors: We support legislation that brings Pennsylvania laws regarding alternative nicotine products including e-cigarettes in line with laws restricting sales to minors for traditional tobacco products.
Paid Leave Preemption Legislation:PFMA Supports SB 333 (Sen. Eichelberger [R-Blair]) and HB 184 (Rep. Grove [R-York]), which preempts local municipalities from passing paid and unpaid leave ordinances.
Pension Reform:PFMA supports this initiative and would help in its passage. We do not have a specific proposal we endorse, but understand that something needs to be done to address the financial future of the Commonwealth.
E-Cigarettes/Clear Indoor Air Act:PFMA opposes the inclusion of e-cigarettes under SB 567 (Sen. Greenleaf [R-Montgomery]) and HB 682 (Rep. Murt [R-Montgomery]) in the Clean Indoor Air Act, since the current science on this issue is unclear and undecided as to whether there is any adverse public health impact.
Registering of Non-Resident Pharmacies: PFMA supports HB 75 (Rep. Kauffman [R-Franklin]), which passed the General Assembly and was signed by the Governor in October. Act 43 amends the Pharmacy Act adding a new section requiring pharmacies located outside of Pennsylvania to register with the State Board of Pharmacy if they fill prescription orders for residents of the Commonwealth. Also, the legislation requires the pharmacies to have a valid license in their home state and provide a copy of their most recent inspection report.
Biosimilar Legislation:PFMA opposes SB 514 (Sen. Vance [R-Cumberland]) as it creates an entirely new, unnecessary and highly bureaucratic notification system for only one class of drugs - generic biologic medications (biosimilars).
Lowering the Corporate Net Income (CNI) Tax Rate: PFMA supports HB 174 (Rep. Grove [R-York]) and SB 443 (Sen. Brooks) [R-Mercer]) which would lower the CNI and help make Pennsylvania’s business climate more competitive and attractive compared to the rest of the country.
Taxes on Cigarettes, OTP or E-Cigs:PFMA opposes new or additional taxes on these items, such as HB 199 (Rep. Murt [R-Montgomery]), which would increase taxes on smokeless tobacco products.
Mandated Emergency Generator Use:HB 270 (Rep. Regan [R-York]) amends the Combustible and Flammable Liquids Act to require each retail service station to use an alternative generated power source for a minimum of 72 hours during times of emergency. PFMA opposes this bill.
Mandated Paid and Unpaid Leave Proposals: PFMA opposes HB 624 (Rep. Donatucci [D-Delaware]) and other attempts to mandate paid and unpaid leave for businesses. This is a decision that does not work with a one-size-fits-all approach and needs to be made by business owners.
Plastic Bag Taxes/Fees or Bans: PFMA opposes SB 540 (Sen. Leach [D-Montgomery]) that attempts to ban or impose fees/taxes on plastic bags. We support recycling and educational programs which help the environment, without hurting businesses and consumers with higher operating and food costs.
Business Tax Reform: PFMA supports SB 598 (Sen. Mensch [R-Montgomery]) which amends the Tax Reform Code uncapping the Net Operating Loss (NOL) carry-forward. The bill removes language containing schedules limiting carry-forwards.
Menu Labeling Standards: PFMA opposes HB 798 (Rep. Day [R-Berks]), which requires retail food establishments to display nutritional information and imposes penalties. This legislation is very similar to the federal menu labeling standards developed in the affordable care act and currently being implemented by the FDA. There is no need to have duplication and create further confusion on the state level.
Coordinated Care Organizations for Workers Comp: PFMA supports HB 467 (Rep. Hickernell [R-Lancaster]) which would amend the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, providing that employers may choose to utilize a Coordinated Care Organization through which a claimant could receive treatment throughout a claim.
Workers Comp Schedule Flexibility: PFMA supports HB 636 (Rep. Hickernell [R-Lancaster]) which would amend the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, further providing for the schedule of compensation by increasing the timeframe from 90 days to 180 days.
Sentence Enhancement for Robbery: PFMA supports HB 217 (Rep. Regan [R-Cumberland]) which would add language requiring the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide for a sentencing enhancement if during the commission of a crime, a person knowingly concealed or attempted to conceal their face in order to hide their identity.
Private Action Minimum Increase: PFMA opposes HB 243 (Rep. DeLuca [D-Allegheny]) which would amend the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law to require the minimum for a private action to be raised to $500.
Removal of Ethanol Blending: PFMA supports HB 471 which would amend the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act removing the ethanol blending requirements.
Bag Fees: PFMA opposes HB 1431 (Rep. Sims [D-Philadelphia]), which would impose a two cent fee on single use plastic bags.
Commerce Court: PFMA supports HB 323 (Rep. Grove [R-York]), which establish the commerce division in the Superior Court consisting of judges appointed by the President Judge of the Superior Court.