Cal U. Claims Borough Ordinance On Alcohol Sales Violates State Law

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Friday, November 9, 2012

A California University of Pennsylvania official claims a recently adopted borough ordinance seeking to regulate the sale of alcohol at the school’s Convocation Center violates state law.

California Borough Council approved the ordinance by a vote of 6-1 at a special hearing Nov. 1 establishing an attendance-based fee for any events that include the sale of alcohol in the university’s 6,000-seat building. Councilman Phil Difilippo cast the lone vote against the ordinance.

The fee begins at $750 for events with 1,499 people or fewer in attendance and increases by $750 for every additional 1,500 guests, topping out at $3,750 for a packed house.

During the hearing, Craig Butzine, vice president for marketing and university relations at Cal U., read a statement calling the ordinance “unnecessary and illegal.”

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