PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chris Stigall spoke with Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley Monday on Talk Radio 1210 about the upcoming push to privatize sales of alcohol in the commonwealth.
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“I do believe that we are going to be able to make sure that Pennsylvania moves into at least the 20th — if not the 21st — century in providing people of this state the same convenience, selection, and competitive pricing that residents of 48 other states do,” Cawley said.
He also said that work is still being done on the final bill, which failed to make it through the legislature last year.
“That’s still a work in progress, to be honest. [We’re] talking a lot of legislative leaders and rank and file members in both the House and the Senate who have some great ideas on ways in which we can acknowledge the fact that Pennsylvania citizens are as mature and responsible as the citizens of those 48 other states, and we ought to be able to access wine, spirits and beer at a lot more locations, making it a lot more convenient,” he said.
Cawley remains optimistic something can be passed before the end of June, when the next year’s budget is adopted.
“I do believe, but it’s going to require a lot of well-meaning and committed Pennsylvanians communicating their desire to their respective Senator or Representative that now is the time to get this done,” he said.
Both Cawley and Stigall will be participating in the Pa. Beer Summit, a multi-venue event this Thursday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. aimed at raising awareness on privatization.
Cawley will be at the Continental Tavern in Yardley, and Stigall is appearing at Rembrandt’s in Center City.