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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2022 03:43 PM
From: Senator Judy Ward
To: All Senate members
Subject: Improved Consumer Access to Wine and Beer at Grocery Stores
Soon I plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 421 of the prior session, which would improve consumer access to wine and beer at grocery stores, restaurants and other alcohol retail locations.  
Without changing any necessary restrictions on beer and wine licensing or adding licenses, my bill would allow restaurant licensees with a wine expanded permit the ability to sell wine and beer at any register, require ID card readers at these registers, and permit a sales clerk under 18 to operate these registers except when alcohol would be purchased.  If alcohol is to be purchased, an employee 18 or over would then operate the register. In addition, the bill allows customers to access beer and wine within the main store area.
Customers currently can only purchase beer and wine within those dedicated sections of a grocery store or similar retail establishment.  Customers wishing to purchase beer or wine as part of their larger shopping trip actually have to check-out twice.  This is inconvenient and unnecessary, and this legislation will allow businesses to offer a better shopping experience to their customers.

Cosponsors of Senate Bill 421 were Senators DiSanto, Martin, Stefano and Yaw. 

I ask you to join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.  If you have questions regarding this legislation please reach out to Greg Beckenbaugh in my office at 717-787-5490 or gbeckenbaug@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB117