Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Even though last session Pennsylvania lawmakers teamed up to “free the six pack” and allow for expanded wine sales in grocery stores, this session some Republican lawmakers are eyeing taking things a step further, not only expanding on the work done last session, but fully moving to divest Pennsylvania of the wholesale wine market.

 

Tuesday, two bills sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would do that passed out of the House Liquor Control Committee along a narrow 15-13 vote that would do just that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Last session’s alcohol sales reforms now fully in effect

Last session’s alcohol sales reforms now fully in effect

The full slate of alcohol sales reforms passed in the last legislative session became fully effective Tuesday, marking the start of sales of beer six-packs and other configurations in beer distributors, among other reforms.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Liquor Control Board reports a 4.2 percent increase in sales

At a Wednesday informational meeting with the House Liquor Control Committee, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Chairman Tim Holden told legislators that in a preliminary look at FY 2014-2015 sales numbers, the board increased sales 4.2 percent over the prior year.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Liquor privatization precursor bill advanced by Senate committee

Liquor privatization precursor bill advanced by Senate committee

A bill some are saying is necessary to pass before a broader liquor privatization discussion moved through the Senate Law and Justice Committee Tuesday and now awaits action by the full chamber.

House Bill 189, introduced by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) would allow for the direct shipment of wine from wineries to Pennsylvania consumers. The bill passed the committee by a six to four party-line vote after being amended.

Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks), chairman of the committee, said the bill is a necessary precursor to liquor privatization discussions.

“This issue is kind of sticking out as an issue that needs to be addressed before we can get to it,” he said in response to questions about broader liquor privatization discussions. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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