Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Pennsylvania Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe, issued a memo declaring his plan to introduce legislation in Harrisburg to pre-empt local taxes on sweetened beverages in Pennsylvania and invalidate Philadelphia’s current beverage tax.

Scavello said his legislation would prohibit any municipality from creating a sweetened-beverages-based tax.

Scavello called Philadelphia’s beverage tax an “extreme burden on grocery and convenience stories in [Philadelphia].”