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State Lawmakers Tackle Liquor Sales

(A Pennsylvania liquor store, in Philadelphia.  File photo)

(A Pennsylvania liquor store, in Philadelphia. File photo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG (CBS)  –  State lawmakers return to Harrisburg today after a break for budget hearings, and members of the State House will find the privatization of liquor sales sitting on the front burner.

The odds are shrinking that any liquor privatization plan and the complete elimination of state stores may clear the legislature.

Last week, the majority leader of the House signaled that he wouldn’t take a hard line on that issue and a few days later, at an event in Gettysburg promoting his liquor plan, Governor Corbett indicated the same.

The governor says he still prefers the entire elimination of state stores.

Governor Corbett says, “we can’t just do it half way.”

Corbett also indicated he would not rule out consideration of an alternative plan sent to him by the legislature.

Mr. Corbett says, “I’d be foolish to say ‘no’ at this point in time, wouldn’t I?”

The House majority leader, meanwhile, says a committee vote on a liquor bill is expected next week, and a floor vote could come later that week.