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Amended alcohol sales bill passes House committee

By - Last modified: March 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Alcohol sales reform legislation for Pennsylvania from state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, passed a committee vote Monday, moving it on to the full House.

But significant amendments were made to House Bill 790, according to a release from Turzai’s office.

The bill now would allow beer distributers to expand their businesses to also sell liquor and wine and let private wine wholesalers sell to customers in the commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board would continue to operate stores until retail outlets grow to double the current state store total, the release stated.

The House Liquor Control Committee ultimately voted 14-10 to pass the bill as amended.

Gov. Tom Corbett was joined by lawmakers earlier this year to announce and begin lobbying for a sweeping vision for privatizing and reforming alcohol sales in Pennsylvania.

Significant amendments also occurred to Turzai’s alcohol sales reform legislation, House Bill 11, in the previous legislative session. It did not become law.

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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