Pa Legislation Tackles Alcohol Offenses

10.25.12 | Jeremy Miller

A bill that raises maximum fines in Pennsylvania for alcohol offenses, and awaits the governor's anticipated signature, could generate an estimated $6 million in new annual revenue spread across Pennsylvania municipalities. The legislation would increase the maximum fines to $1,000 for underage drinking and public drunkenness. Currently, maximum fines are $300 for public drunkenness and first-time underage drinking citations. Repeat underage offenders are subject to $500 fines. The $6 million revenue estimate comes from fiscal notes on the legislation prepared by the Senate and House Appropriations Committees. A related bill to levy an additional fee on alcohol offenses to support prevention programs didn't win final passage before voting on bills ended for this legislative session.