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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 1, 2019 04:17 PM
From: Representative Greg Rothman
To: All House members
Subject: Allow Wine Expanded Permits (WEPs) Holders Full Rights of Restaurant Licensees
Online grocery shopping is a rapidly growing trend. People find it quick and convenient, and it is expected that by 2022, 70% of consumers could be doing at least some of their food shopping online. As this trend continues, there is an increasing demand and preference for beer and wine deliveries as part of an online grocery order.

Under current Pennsylvania law, beer delivery is acceptable in some instances; however, restaurant licensees with Wine Expanded Permits (WEPs) are not permitted to deliver wine to customers.

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would fix this problem by allowing WEP holders full rights of Restaurant licensees, by permitting beer and wine delivery by LCB-licensed Transporters-for-Hire through an on-line delivery platform. It would also grant these rights to beer distributors.

This legislation provides specific exemptions that permit the safe, responsible sale and delivery of wine and beer from both WEP holders and beer distributors. In order to do this, the bill clarifies elements of the Liquor Code pertaining to timing and location of transaction as well as age verification. The bill also ensures that licensee responsibility is maintained over all aspects of the transaction while confirming a Transporter-for-Hire’s authority to deliver.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB1993