The state Senate Law and Justice Committee today was set to consider two bills — one from each legislative chamber — for reforming the way alcohol is sold in the commonwealth, and both are expected to be amended, according to Senate Republican statements.
State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks and Montgomery counties, has proposed Senate Bill 100 and is calling for permits with annual fees to allow retailers already selling alcohol and beer to offer wine, spirits or both to go, according to a news release last week from his office.
The plan does not charge large amounts of money upfront and also does not immediately divest the state of its wholesale system, the release stated. Proceeds would go to freeze property taxes for seniors, his office also said last week.
House Bill 790 from House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, passed in that chamber earlier this year and another lawmaker, state Rep. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster County, introduced the related House Bill 1366 that would take fee proceeds and provide grants to schools over four years.