The state House passed a bill Thursday from a northwestern Pennsylvania lawmaker to let out-of-state wineries get a license and ship wine directly to customers in the commonwealth.
Online orders today are shipped to a state store, and quantities and types are limited, according to a news release from state Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie County.
If the bill becomes law, an unlimited amount of wine could be shipped directly to a consumer in the commonwealth from such a permitted winery for personal use only if the buyer is at least 21 years old.
The proposal, as passed by the House this session, would require collection of sales tax and the so-called Johnstown Flood Tax, spokesman Scott Little said.
The legislation, House Bill 121, also removes the ability of the state system to assess a 30 percent markup on special orders of liquor, according to the release.
The markup could be only up to 10 percent if the bill becomes law, Little said.
Sonney also had direct wine shipment legislation, House Bill 845, under consideration in the previous legislative session.