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While you are working in your business, PRLA is working for you. PRLA tracks issues at the federal, state, and local levels that impact you, your business, your employees, and your bottom line.

Hundreds of pieces of legislation are introduced each year. PRLA flags any issue that could even marginally affect the industry but we prioritize bills that impact hospitality, liquor reform, and travel and tourism.

In addition to challenging legislation, PRLA also works to move forward with legislative items that can positively impact you and your business.

Stay up-to-date with the latest industry news, trends, events, and more.

The PRLA Policy Committee

The PRLA Policy Committee, which is made up of members from all sectors of the industry, annually meets to outline PRLA’s legislative priorities over the next three years.

Legislation Made Easy

Proposed legislation can often be tough to read and understand. It can easily reach 90 or more pages and be filled with jargon, definitions, and strikethrough text. PRLA’s government affairs team pares it down into everyday language for you to easily understand in our Issue Summaries.

Your Voice Matters

As the voice of Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry, PRLA and our members are called on to testify at legislative hearings on topics that impact your business and your industry.

Recent Testimony

Official Comments

Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Questionnaire Responses

Research Topics & Policy Positions

PRLA occasionally issues policy papers outlining our industry’s position on a topic or commissions studies or research on topics that impact the industry.

Human Trafficking Prevention Policy Brief

PRLA leadership, including the Board of Directors and Policy Committee, have identified the need to combat human trafficking as a top policy priority for the association.


Tip Credit Policy Brief

Maintaining the tip credit and tipping system provides tipped employees with greater earning potential and restaurant owners with the capability to reinvest in their non-tipped employees and businesses.


Regulatory Changes Policy Brief

Pennsylvania’s regulatory process can be challenging to navigate and arduous to engage with for the typical business owner/operator. PRLA asks policymakers to consider three vital areas to consider when assessing regulatory changes. 


Tourism Improvement Districts Policy Brief

The rise of Tourism Improvement Districts (TIDs) across the country has continued to grow as more and more destinations are choosing to invest in tourism funding at the local and regional level. TIDs allow regions to work together to generate additional tourism promotion revenue.


Tourism Funding

Download the latest reports below.

2022 Report by Tourism Economics

2016 Report by Tourism Economics

Childcare Access Survey

In 2022, PRLA along with Start Strong PA surveyed hospitality industry employers and employees to quantify the impact and correlation between child-care access and the industry’s workforce challenges. 

Key findings included:

  • Nearly 3 out of 4 respondents agreed or strongly agreed that there is a shortage of affordable child-care options for employees.
  • Over 80% of respondents said inadequate child-care options have an impact on their ability to recruit qualified employees.
  • Nearly 95% of employees said that childcare-related concerns are contributing to the national workforce shortage. 

For more information, please contact Stephanie Otterson, PRLA director of communications.

Membership Has Benefits

Resources for Hospitality Businesses, Vendors, Sponsors, Students. Membership is for Everyone!