Here’s what we’ve done to safeguard your business:

  • Helped defeat proposals to increase the state excise tax on beer.
  • Helped defeat legislation that would have decreased a licensee’s right of appeal.
  • Defeated legislation to allow credit sales among licensees.
  • Kept mandatory deposit bills and referendums bottled up.
  • Blocked legislation to legalize interstate sales of beer.
  • Eliminated language from a bill to permit food stores to sell candy that contains liquor.
  • Lobbied against legislation to privatize our state store system to benefit only big business.
  • Revised the bad check reporting rules.
  • Helped secure injunctive relief in federal court against mail-order beer clubs.
  • Blocked legislation to allow licenses to be transferred out of county.
  • Helped defeat attempts to impose additional restrictions on beer advertising.
  • Helped to eliminate the surety bond requirement.
  • Assisted in having written opinions of the PLCB made binding on the State Police BLCE.
  • Drafted and secured passage of false ID legislation.
  • By the Wilsbach decision, secured exemptions for distributors from paying mercantile taxes.
  • Blocked legislation to reverse the Wilsbach decision.
  • Drafted and secured passage of the Franchise Law.
  • Drafted and secured passage of the Territorial Law.
  • Promoted and participated in alcohol education and awareness programs.
  • Helped to eliminate Special Occupation Tax.

Recent News:

MBDA Convention Update: COVID Leads to Postponement

Because of the ongoing pandemic, MBDA can not hold its annual convention in 2021. We are optimistic that our 2022 convention will take place April 22-25, 2022 at the Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia, PA.

LEGAL UPDATE: Capacity Limits at Beer Distributors

All in-person businesses serving the public (including beer distributors) may only operate at up to 50% of their maximum capacity stated on their certificate of occupancy until 8:00a.m. on January 4, 2021. This 50% capacity requirement was part of the Governor and...

DISTRIBUTORS CAN SELL A NEW WINE-BASED PRODUCT!

On November 25, 2020, Governor Wolf signed into law HB 1617. It removes the prohibition on beer distributors using the phrase “wine product” or “wine-based” when selling fermented fruit beverages. The law takes effect on January 24, 2021, as Act 125. The product’s ABV...

MBDA Hosts Virtual Workshop

This past Wednesday, November 11th. MBDA hosted a virtual workshop that was open for all Pennsylvania Distributors with a special presentation from Grant Barrett of In:Trench Consulting. Grant presented the findings of a statewide survey that was conducted by...

MBDA Elects Officers

MBDA ELECTS OFFICERS At their July 14th meeting, MBDA directors elected the following officers to serve for the current term, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  Please remember that they are not paid employees of MBDA, but give...

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