In a sign that they aren’t giving up on liquor privatization, state House Republicans plan to push a bill that would decriminalize purchasing wine and liquor in other states and transporting it to Pennsylvania.
Chris Stigall spoke with Governor Tom Corbett on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about Tuesday’s Democratic Gubernatorial Primary and some key legislative issues from his first term.
Chris analyzes the delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate implementation, the failure of the Republican led Pennsylvania legislature to privatize liquor sales, and New Jersey Democrats attempt to override Governor Chris Christie’s gay marriage veto. He talks to Time’s Kelly Knauer, Philly Mag’s Tom McGrath and Don Adams from the Independence Hall Tea Party Association.
Chris talks to Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel about their series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, Matt Brouillette from the Commonwealth Foundation about the Pennsylvania legislature’s failure to pass alcohol privatization, and Michael Bronstein and Colin Hanna on the Monday Morning Matchup about the immigration bill currently being debated in Washington. He also discusses the NFL’s decision not to promote the Affordable Care Act and the raise in SEPTA fares.
The House back in March passed a liquor privatization bill and now the concept has cleared a major hurdle in the Senate, in the form of an amendment to the House bill passed early Saturday morning.
Thursday was another day characterized more by what didn’t happen as opposed to what did.
“Members were able to reach — I can’t say ‘agreement’ at this point — but there were good conversations.”
The proposal from Bucks County Republican Chuck McIlhinney is different than the House version in major ways.
Chris details the restraining order issued that could provide a lung for a Newtown Square girl in need of a transplant and the collapse of a building yesterday in Center City. He talks to Senator Pat Toomey and hosts a debate between Katrina Anderson of the Commonwealth Foundation and Wendell Young of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union on the privatization of Pennsylvania’s state owned liquor stores.
Chris discusses the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and whether Governor Chris Christie will appoint a Republican to fill his seat. He also details a family’s struggle to get a lung transplant for their daughter and why the government should not be involved. He also talks to Rich Zeoli and climate scientist Steve Goreham.
Beer distributors, tavern owners and grocers had their say as the state Senate continued a series of hearings on privatizing liquor sales in Pennsylvania.
Republican state senator Chuck McIlhinny is the target of a conservative group’s TV ad campaign that encourages liquor privatization.
Even if the bill passes the House, it would still have to get through the Senate, where support is less certain.
The state House will tackle liquor privatization this week, and it starts with a committee vote on a bill expected to take place today.
The odds are shrinking that any liquor privatization plan and the complete elimination of state stores may clear the legislature.