Dec 14, 2017 AT 11:45 PM
Philadelphia City Council passed a controversial bill Thursday, 14-3, that seeks to tighten regulations around the city’s notorious beer-selling convenience stores, ending a tense, weeks-long debate between predominantly African American community members and Asian American business owners.
The sole contentious feature of the bill, sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, was a single-paragraph provision about the removal of bulletproof glass from convenience stores better known as stop-and-gos, which sell takeout booze as well as, in many cases, shots of liquor.
In its original form, the bill would have mandated removal of the protective glass in 2018. By final passage, however, Council members amended the language to have the Department of Licensing and Inspections issue regulations for “the continued use and removal” of glass no earlier than 2021. It remains unclear how L&I will pursue the enforcement.
Proponents of the bill, which follows on the heels of recently passed legislation in Harrisburg targeting stronger enforcement of the establishments, cited decades of complaints about stop-and-gos selling shots of liquor while eschewing their liquor license requirement to offer hot food and/or proper seating.
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