Lawmaker calls for wine sales at beer distributors

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania senator has introduced legislation to expand wine sales to beer distributors.

Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester/Delaware) says his proposal, Senate Bill 1359, would allow beer distributors to purchase a $2,000 license and sell up to four bottles of wine at a time.

Killion says beer distributors were left out of Act 39 of 2016, which allows limited wine sales at licensed restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores. He said the small business owners now face increased competition from stores that can sell both beer and wine.

“Pennsylvania beer distributors have invested thousands of dollars into their businesses and for years and played by the crazy rules set by the state. We cannot allow absurd regulation to drive distributors out of business and put thousands of people out of work,” Killion said in a statement.

Act 39 of 2016 also allows online internet orders for wine and expanded hours at state liquor stores.

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