HARRISBURG (CBS) – Even though the prime sponsor of legislation to sell off state liquor stores said he wants to keep the bill simple, a key senator says that doesn’t mean other issues related to liquor sales in Pennsylvania won’t be in play.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said he does not want to see his bill to privatize liquor sales potentially bogged down by becoming an omnibus liquor reform measure. While he expects to honor Turzai’s desire to deal with privatization in a separate bill, Republican John Pippy, chairman of the Senate committee that vets liquor legislation, said other issues related to updating Pennsylvania liquor laws will be on the table, albeit on a different track.  “All those issues are going to be in play anyways,” Pippy said. “As the chairman of the [Senate] Law and Justice Committee I’ve said we are going to look at everything. I think we need to modernize Pennsylvania liquor law.”

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And with regard to the sale of state stores, Pippy says while it has momentum it’s never had before, and he agrees with the goal, he also promises close scrutiny of the potential impact and structure of a sale.

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Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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