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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: July 27, 2016 03:10 PM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion
To: All Senate members
Subject: Allowing Beer Distributors to Sell Wine
I applaud the recent passage of House Bill 1690, now Act 39 of 2016, which will bring long awaited liquor reform to Pennsylvania. I have long been a champion of privatizing the state’s antiquated wine and spirits system, and Act 39 is a first step in reforming Pennsylvania’s outdated system.

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that may bring further reform by creating retail licenses for existing and licensed beer distributors to sell wine.

This will enable our existing beer distributor licensees to grow their businesses, and become more viable as a business in future years to come.

It will also give consumers the ability to one-stop shop for beer and wine.

Specifically, my legislation will bring forth some of the provisions contained in House Bill 466, which would have allowed beer distributors to sell wine and spirits in unlimited quantities. As you recall, the bill was approved by the General Assembly, but was vetoed by the Governor on July 2, 2015.

Introduced as SB1359