PA House members near vote on liquor privatization bill

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2013 3:36 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Republicans in the state House are close to voting to end Pennsylvania's system of government-run liquor stores after holding ranks against Democratic opposition.

A senior House GOP aide says a final vote in the chamber is expected to take place tomorrow.

The key vote today was a Democratic-sponsored "gut-and-replace" bill that would have kept the current system largely in place but made a series of reforms, including longer Sunday hours at state liquor stores. It failed by a 17-vote margin.

The amendment votes suggested the measure may have the support Republican leaders need to send the bill to the Senate.

Governor Corbett favors liquor privatization, and wants to devote the proceeds to fund public education.

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