Bill Seeks to Privatize Sale of Wine and Spirits in Pennsylvania

Share Post

Passing the House, House Bill 1690 seeks to privatize the sale of wine and spirits, creating 1,200 wine and liquor enhanced permits available for purchase by licensed beer distributors for 6 months after enactment. Such permits will create a one-stop shop for consumers, offering beer, wine, and spirits under one roof for purchase. After the 6 month right-of-first refusal has expired, any of the remaining licenses not purchased will be available via public auction to any qualified bidder. The legislation further provides for wine and liquor expanded permits for a restaurant or hotel, allowing the limited sale of wine and spirits to go from the licensed premises. The legislation also creates a grocery store permit that would permit a grocery store to sell limited wine to go.