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.