Changes to Pennsylvania liquor, wine sales go into effect

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s alcohol regulators are taking applications for permits under the expanded sales of booze approved by the Legislature and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this summer.

The Liquor Control Board said the law that went into effect Monday lets about 11,000 businesses that currently have what’s called restaurant or hotel licenses, which let them sell beer to go, apply for permission to also sell takeout wine.

Eating place licenses that sell beer to go, typically pizza shops or similar establishments, can apply to upgrade to a restaurant license.

The bill allows casinos apply to sell booze during overnight hours and for wineries in other states to ship directly to Pennsylvania customers.

The PLCB is getting greater flexibility to set hours and prices at its roughly 600 state-owned liquor stores.

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