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File #: 160153    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 2/25/2016 In control: Committee on Licenses and Inspections
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Licenses and Inspections to conduct public hearings to investigate the sale of liquor in corner stores throughout Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Signature16015300.pdf
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Licenses and Inspections to conduct public hearings to investigate the sale of liquor in corner stores throughout Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Any establishment selling alcoholic beverages must comply with the guidelines put in place by the Pennsylvania Liquor Code and Liquor Control Board; and

WHEREAS, Sales of alcoholic beverages are restricted to that part of the establishment described in the application for license and habitually used for serving food to guests or patrons; and

WHEREAS, In order to qualify for a restaurant liquor license, the establishment must be a reputable place habitually and principally used for the purpose of providing food for the public. The establishment shall have an area within a building of not less than 400 square feet and must be equipped with table and chairs to accommodate at least 30 persons at one time; and

WHEREAS, The higher availability of alcohol, as noted in scholarly articles, in a community correlates to higher rates of alcohol related problems and the adverse is the case for lower availability of alcohol; and

WHEREAS, According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, among Philadelphia treatment patients, nearly forty percent are admitted because of alcohol abuse; and

WHEREAS, In Philadelphia, 15.2% of teens report participating in occasional binge drinking which ranks the City in the top fiftieth percentile of major cities with such statistics; and

WHEREAS, Although Philadelphia has an overall low youth alcohol consumption rate in comparison to surrounding counties, the underage 30-day alcohol consumption rate in Philadelphia county is 22.9%; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is tied for second highest prevalence of adult excessive drinking in the largest eleven counties in the US; and

WHEREAS, Alcohol outlet density has been associated with a variety of social problems including violent assault, alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, and se...

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