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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 7, 2018 03:04 PM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Increasing where Spirits are Sold
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation 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.

This legislation was formerly Senate Bill 306 from the 2017-18 Legislative Session, and was co-sponsored by Senators Alloway, Bartolotta, Laughlin, Martin, McGarrigle, Regan, Reschenthaler, Vulakovich, Wagner, White, and Yaw.

I sincerely hope that you will consider joining me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at jgery@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB880