By Steve Tawa
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The Republican-led State House could vote as early as next week, now that the Pennsylvania State Senate has approved a bill that would allow consumers to have wine shipped directly to their door.READ MORE: Bristol Middle, High Schools Closed Monday After Student Reportedly Planned To Shoot Up School
Under current law in the Commonwealth, out-of-state retailers have only been allowed to send wine to Liquor Control Board stores for consumers to pick up, and wines sold in state stores are excluded.READ MORE: Police Say Daughter's Roommate Accused In Fatal Fire That Killed 81-Year-Old Julius Drelick, According To Court Documents
The proposed bill on direct-to-door wine shipments includes a $1 per gallon excise tax similar to other states, replacing the 18 percent liquor tax.
Democrats generally pushed for a different taxation scheme, as a percentage, as opposed to per gallon on the price, contending the Commonwealth could lose potential revenue.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police: Man Injured After Being Shot Near Fox Chase Wawa
Democrats also remain wary of Republican efforts to push through a liquor privatization bill, in this cycle, as part of the budget negotiations. Those discussions could be included in talks on the state budget for the new fiscal year, beginning July 1st.