Corbett's liquor privatization bill set for committee vote

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 18, 2013 7:39 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett's liquor-privatization bill is up for a vote in a House Committee. 

The House Liquor Control Committee on Monday is expected to consider amendments to the governor's plan before voting on whether to send the legislation to the House floor.

Corbett's far-reaching proposal has inspired more than one competing bill and drawn opposition from labor unions and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which operates the more than 600 state liquor and wine stores.

The governor wants to replace the state stores with twice as many privately run liquor and wine stores.

It also would allow an indeterminate number of retailers including big-box stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores, to be licensed to sell beer and wine.

Beer distributors could be licensed to sell wine and liquor.

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