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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2020 01:26 PM
From: Senator Daniel Laughlin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Modernizing the Liquor Code
In order to modernize the beer supply chain in Pennsylvania, I will be introducing legislation which includes changes to the current “lifetime contract” system governing beer wholesaler and beer manufacturer agreements.

Many of us are familiar with and understand the history and importance of the three-tier system that exists in Pennsylvania.  The existence of this system provides consumer safeguards, commercial benefits, and a streamlined approach for regulations.  While alcoholic beverage distribution regulations vary by product, beer is the only beverage where a distribution agreement between a manufacturer and a wholesaler exists in perpetuity.
Over the last few years many aspects of our Liquor Code and liquor sales have been modernized.  It is time that this antiquated language in our code regarding contracts between manufacturers and wholesalers be updated as well.
I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this legislation to further modernize our Liquor Code.

Introduced as SB623