House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Turzai of Allegheny County calls the passage of House Bill 790 “historic”.
Governor Tom Corbett says the bill ends the state’s role as the sole wholesaler and retailer of wine and spirits, allows for true consumer choice and increases enforcement, fines and penalties.
The bill would allow beer, wine and liquor to be sold in one licensed location. Giving local beer distributors the first chance to purchase licenses allowing them to sell beer, wine and liquor, the legislation would phase out 600 state stores, allow wine sales in grocery stores and bring about beer package reform.
House Bill 790 now moves the Senate for consideration.