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Smart Talk: PA alcohol reform means big changes

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 14, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, June 14, 2016:

Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation last week that will make major changes in the way alcohol sales are conducted in Pennsylvania. In fact, the governor called the modifications the most significant in 80 years.

Consumers will be able to purchase wine and beer at their local licensed grocery stores and at licensed convenient stores with gas pumps. Under this new legislation, consumers can make wine and liquor purchases at state liquor stores on Sundays and holidays -- some of which will be operating under extended hours.  Hotels and restaurants may be able to sell up to four bottles of wine to go.

The State House Appropriations Committee estimates an increase of $150 million in revenue for the state due to the new sales rules.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is charged with implementing the changes.

Joining us on Tuesday's Smart Talk are LCB board members Mike Negra and Michael Newsome.

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Mike Negra and Michael Newsome

Not everyone likes the direction the state is going.  Wendell Young, the President of United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents liquor store clerks is its biggest critic.  He also appears on Tuesday's program.

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