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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2017 09:42 AM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich and Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, Sen. Richard L. Alloway, II, Sen. Camera Bartolotta, Sen. Patrick J. Stefano, Sen. Scott Wagner
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation to Increase Where Spirits are Sold
In the near future, we plan to reintroduce SB 1397 which will permit businesses holding a valid restaurant liquor license or hotel liquor license to apply for a “spirit expanded permit.”

Following the passage of Act 39 of 2016, businesses with a valid restaurant or hotel liquor license were permitted to sell wine. Although this law represented a historic step forward for improved consumer convenience, spirits were excluded from the legislation. Permitting these businesses to sell spirits as well as wine will increase selection and expand convenience for consumers across the Commonwealth.

This legislation will contain the same protections that are in place for these businesses who currently sell wine, including a limit of 3 liters for a single transaction.

This license expansion would cost $2,000 for the initial fee, and an annual renewal fee of 2% of the cost of spirits purchased from the Liquor Control Board.

SB 1397 was cosponsored last session by Senators Reschenthaler, Alloway, Bartolotta, Stefano, Wagner, Killion, and White.

We hope you will help us in our efforts to continue improving consumer convenience in Pennsylvania.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB306