Pennsylvania legislators to again talk liquor privatization

Privatization of liquor sales in Pennsylvania will again be discussed in Harrisburg. Credit: Metro file photo
Privatization of liquor sales in Pennsylvania will again be discussed in Harrisburg.
Credit: Metro file photo

Pennsylvania legislative leaders are aiming to put a bill privatizing liquor sales on Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk sometime early this year.

Talks on privatization, which stalled last year, are expected to resume again soon, with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley taking the lead in fostering a compromise between Senate and House leaders in Harrisburg, CBS Philly reports.

The bill would lead to the eventual elimination of 600 state-run liquor stores. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) described the state stores as an “antiquated system” that “has to change.”

The Pennsylvania House approved a bill last March that would have privatized liquor sales in the state, but the Senate never moved on the bill.

Utah is the only other state with government-run liquor stores.


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