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.
Gov. Tom Corbett says his plan to auction 1,200 wine and liquor store licenses and open beer and wine sales to a broad array of retailers would commit the proceeds to education.
The chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has announced plans to step down after six years in the position.
The state House has recessed for the week without a much-anticipated vote on privatizing the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania.
State House debate on legislation to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania did not resume as anticipated on Tuesday, but a spokesman for the House majority leader insisted it’s not due to a lack of votes for the proposal.