Liquor Store Privatization
The man on the hot seat today is Bucks County Republican Senator Chuck McIlhinney, chairman of the Senate committee that will vet the House Liquor bill.
It is the first time a liquor privatization bill has passed either chamber of the legislature. Opponents of the measure, mostly Democrats, predicted doom and gloom if the bill becomes law.
Governor Tom Corbett is reaffirming his commitment to full privatization of liquor sales in Pennsylvania.
The failure of yet another attempt to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania was one of the big stories of 2012.
Pennsylvania lawmakers have wrapped up another two-year session without action on privatizing liquor sales. That may not bode well for supporters of the idea.
The House Monday night began debating the proposal by Majority Leader Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, that would give Pennsylvania beer distributors right of first refusal for 1,600 retail licenses for wine and spirits sales that would be available.
The state House majority leader is promising a historic vote this week on one of the most controversial issues of the past several decades: a proposal to have private business sell liquor in Pennsylvania.
A new budget is definitely on the agenda, while House action on legislation to privatize liquor sales is a possibility.
As the state House prepares to take up liquor privatization, the top Republican in the Senate says he remains concerned that the issue of modernizing liquor sales doesn’t get lost in the process.
Efforts to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania got a boost yesterday when the legislature’s prime supporter of the idea announced he’s not going to run for Congress.
Governor Corbett says his top priority is school vouchers, but he also wants to address transportation funding, liquor privatization, and natural gas drilling.
The chairman of the state House Liquor Control Committee says the push to privatize booze sales in Pennsylvania means a delicate balance between public safety and consumer convenience in the city of Philadelphia.
“I don’t care if it’s the liquor business or selling my own business – before you sell a business, you get the best bottom line you can. And I’m not so sure that we in Pennsylvania have yet got the best bottom line out of our liquor system that we can,” Joe Scarnati said.
Beer distributors would be able to compete for the right to sell wine and liquor under the privatization plan unveiled last week by the state House majority leader.
With its fate as a state agency threatened like never before, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is reporting record numbers for the just-concluded fiscal year.
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