GOP Senators seeking consensus on PA liquor bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 17, 2013 5:01 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Republican state senators are still unsure whether they'll vote for legislation that one of their members is writing to liberalize the sale of wine, beer and hard liquor in Pennsylvania.

Republican senators say Bucks County Senator Charles McIlhinney is expected to unveil the legislation tomorrow.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County says he has no indication that any of the Senate's 23 Democrats will vote for a bill that privatizes the state-controlled sale of wine and liquor.

But he also says there's no consensus among the 27 Republicans that's big enough to ensure passage of a bill, and it's not clear yet exactly what McIlhinney will propose.

Governor Corbett is pressing for action by July 1st on legislation to privatize the state's wine and liquor system.

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