HB 2513 Action Alert & Talking Points
Current Status of HB 2513
The House passed HB 2513 with a bipartisan vote of 145-56 on Wednesday, September 23 (vote role call). The full Senate passed HB 2513 by a bipartisan vote of 43-6 on Tuesday, September 22 (role call vote).
The bill now goes to the Governor's desk. He has 3 options: 1) sign into law, 2) veto the bill, or 3) do nothing and allow it to become law without signing. Options 1 or 3 would cause the bill to become law immediately from the date of signing (or at the end of the 10 day period the governor has to sign a bill). If the bill is vetoed, the Legislature could (and probably would) attempt to override the veto. For an override to be successful, 2/3 of the legislators in both chambers (House and Senate) would have to vote in favor of the override.
What can you do?
Stay tuned to the Daily Update for any calls to action leading on this bill.
Contact Information for Pa. Legislators
In the meantime, you can download this spreadsheet for the contact information of all Pa. state representatives to thank those who supported our industry.
HB 2513 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate on Tuesday (vote role call), and the senators who voted yes should be thanked for standing with the industry. Download this spreadsheet for the contact information of all Pa. state senators.
How do I find out who my legislator is?
You can find out your legislator(s) at this link.
What should I say/write?
Why can’t I just copy and paste your message from above?
When legislators receive the same template message from many different people, they don’t take it as seriously as they do a personalized message from someone in their district/in the state.
Can I reach out to representatives that may not be my specific representative?
Yes, reach out to any and every representative, especially Democrats, to make sure they understand that HB 2513 is important for the entire industry.
Is emailing or calling more effective?
While calling is always a better option because you either talk to a live person or you leave a message that the Representative or their staff will listen to, time is of the essence today so sending an email will be just as effective.
Who should I be reaching out to the most?
Democratic representatives need to hear from you and they need to know how the Governor’s mitigation efforts have impacted you. We are asking them to show the Governor that they support our industry by voting for this bill. They need to know this is important to you to vote for it.
What if someone asks if the declaration set to take effect September 21 would help?
The answer is No. This order doesn’t move the industry forward but rather sets the industry back, specifically:
My business is in Philadelphia and our rules are not changing on September 21. Why should I care about HB 2513?
While Philadelphia is more restrictive than the state, it can never be less restrictive. Items like the ban on bar seating, meal requirement for alcohol purchases, and cap on indoor events at 25 people will not be permitted in Philadelphia until they are allowed by the state.
What should I do when I get a response/talk to someone?
Reach out to Melissa Bova, firstname.lastname@example.org, with how the conversation went. It can be used for follow-up in advance of the floor vote on Wednesday, September 23.