Legislature Considers Liquor Privatization in PA

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Passing the full House, House Bill 466 seeks to privatize the sale of wine and spirits through the creation of 1,200 Wine and Spirits Retail Licenses. These licenses would be available to existing beer distributors for the first twelve months after enactment. At the conclusion of this twelve month period, any remaining licenses would be offered to the general public at a substantially higher cost. Beer distributors would have the ability to sell 6-packs and 12-packs of beer in addition to the cases that they currently sell. Additionally, restaurants and taverns would have the ability to sell up to four 6-packs or two 12-packs as opposed to the single 12-pack and two 6-packs they are currently allowed.