Gov. Tom Wolf nearly broke the internet when he announced early this summer that beer sales would be permitted in Pennsylvania's gas stations. And while state Republicans and Democrats continue to spar over who can sell beer, where and how much of it, one legislator is thinking outside the case.
Republican State Sen. Tom Killion, representing the 9th district, which includes parts of Delaware and Chester counties, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 1359 on Tuesday. The bill would allow more than 1,200 beer distributors to apply for permits to sell wine.
Killion said in a news conference Tuesday that the bill would "level the playing field" for state beer distributors who were excluded from a bill that went into effect in August that allowed wine sales in grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and bars.
"Unfortunately, hundreds of Pennsylvania beer distributors and small business owners were left out of those reforms and now must operate in an even more competitive environment," the senator said.