Pa. House committee approves liquor privatization proposal

Written by Brad Christman/Radio PA | Nov 17, 2015 4:47 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(Harrisburg) -- A state House panel has approved a plan to privatize the sale of beer and wine in Pennsylvania.

The House Liquor Control Committee held a voting meeting on a bill sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai. 

It was almost identical to the bill vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf last summer.

The legislation addresses the long-awaited changes many say are needed in the way Pennsylvanians buy their beer and wine, including divesting of the wholesale and retail ends of the liquor business.

That means the phasing out of state stores.

But, Chairman Chris Ross says this probably won't be the final measure.

"As it moves forward, it very well be the case that certain changes might be made later on," he says. 

Turzai's proposal would allow for the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores and it includes "transition assistance" for state store workers displaced by the sweeping changes.

It passed the Liquor Committee in a meeting that lasted less than 11 minutes.

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