Liquor privatization bill advances to Pa. Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A plan to privatize Pennsylvania sales of wine and liquor has moved to the Senate.

House Bill 466 was approved by the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Sunday by a vote of 7 to 4.

The legislation would allow wine and liquor to-go sales in grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and beer distributors. Grocery stores licensed to do so could sell up to five bottles of wine and two bottles of liquor.

State-owned wine and spirits stores would be closed as surrounding beer distributors begin selling wine and liquor. The bill would provide educational assistance for former state store employees.

Supporters say the plan would bring $220 million in revenues for fiscal year 2015-16.

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