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Pa. State House Tackles Liquor Privatization

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  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –  The State House will tackle liquor privatization this week, and it starts with a committee vote on a bill expected to take place today.

Stephen Miskin spokesman for the House majority leader Mike Turzai says The state House Liquor Control Committee is expected to approve a bill that  contains an amendment that does have language providing for the phase-out of state stores.

Miskin says “it’s a pretty good amendment. It’s strong and it takes care of a lot of the criticisms of various incarnations of privatization bills.”

Even if that amendment gets through the committee without major modifications, especially with regard to provisions related to state stores, there will be an opportunity for all House members to propose changes when the bill comes up on the floor for second consideration, something that could happen as soon as Wednesday.

A House vote on third and final consideration could come Thursday or in early April.