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Pa. alcohol sales overhaul on House agenda today

By - Last modified: June 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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A bill proposing a privatized wine sales system and beer sales changes for Pennsylvania was slated for consideration today by the state House, according to the majority leader's office.

State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, rolled out House Bill 11 last summer to privatize the state-run store system that sells wine and spirits.

The bill passed the House Liquor Control Committee in December with significant amendments, including keeping state stores with a continued monopoly on liquor sales.

But, under the version of the bill that passed the committee, malt beverage distributors could receive enhanced licenses to also sell wine, and licenses could become available to wholesale wine sellers.

In addition, the legislation has contained some proposed changes to how businesses can sell beer in the commonwealth based on packaging size.

The House was scheduled to convene at 1 p.m. today for legislative business, according to a news release.

Matters on second consideration, under which House Bill 11 was listed, are subject to amendment ahead of further consideration prior to final passage, according to House rules.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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