Pa. liquor bill likely to be pulled over in Senate

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By PETER JACKSON
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Now that a liquor
privatization bill has been approved by Pennsylvania's House of
Representatives, the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

In a nearly straight party-line vote, the
Republican majority handed Gov. Tom Corbett a victory that he and his
allies fought hard for, even though the bill differs radically from his
original plan to auction off the 600 state liquor stores.

The measure would phase out the state-run stores
county by county, as beer distributors and other private operators are
allowed buy at least 1,200 liquor and wine licenses. House leaders
fast-tracked the bill, which went from committee to final passage in
four days.

Such speedy action is unlikely in the Senate, where
two senators have filed competing bills that would keep the state
stores open.

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