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Pa. House committee advances direct wine shipment bill

By , - Last modified: May 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

The state House Liquor Control Committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow out-of-state wineries to acquire direct shipping licenses to sell their wine to Pennsylvania residents 21 or older.

The legislation — House Bill 845 — would permit direct shipping of up to 12 bottles per month per person. The one-time cost of the license is $100, according to the language of the bill, which now goes to the full House.

Current law allows Pennsylvanians to order wines only from state liquor stores. Pennsylvania is one of 17 states that continues to ban direct shipments, said Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie County, the bill's sponsor.

The Senate in March passed a related measure.

That bill, which remains in the House Liquor Control Committee, would allow commonwealth residents to buy as many as 24 bottles per month from out-of-state wineries.

The final outcome could be tied to legislation to privatize the state-run liquor stores, Republican leadership has said.

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