Free the wine


Make text smaller Make text larger





Two years ago this week, Republicans convinced Gov. Wolf to sign Act 39, which allowed the sale of wine in private sector stores, mainly grocery stores like this one. Currently, 691 liquor license holders have obtained the additional license to sell wine to-go. Of those, 420 are grocery and convenience stores. It is clear these stores want the ability to provide this convenience to their customers. And we believe more would with needed reforms.

We think the time is right to get House Bill 975 on the governor’s desk by the end of the legislative session in November. The bill would allow all 6,103 grocery stores in the state to sell wine and remove price floor requirements to decrease costs and increase competition.

The House has passed complete privatization four times, and Gov. Wolf vetoed the one time it was on his desk. Please, governor, at least agree with the people that all wine should be sold in private sector stores.

As noted, between 2013 and 2015 House Republicans voted to privatize the sale of wine and spirits four separate times. House Bill 790 was passed on March 21, 2013; House Bill 466 was passed on Feb. 26, 2015; House Bill 466 was passed on concurrence on June 30, 2015, and put on the governor’s desk, which he promptly vetoed; lastly, House Bill 1690 was passed on Nov. 19, 2015, and sent to the Senate before it became the legislative vehicle for a compromise.

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny)



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

John Beardman exhibit now at Chant Realtors
— Artist John Beardman's latest work "About Faces" is now on display at the office of Davis R. Chant Realtors, 106 East...
Read more »
Image

Search for Eagles report, Feb. 10
This season’s third Brandwein Institute Search for Eagles took place in the Delaware Valley on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 12 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The temperature at the start was...
Read more »
Image

Push resumes to recognize official Pennsylvania amphibian
By Marc Levy
The Pennsylvania Senate renewed its push to make a slimy and unsightly salamander the state's official amphibian in an effort to highlight the plight of a...

Read more »
Image

Narrowsburg Union presents four new exhibits
— Four new exhibitions have recently opened at the Narrowsburg Union, located at 7 Erie St. in Narrowsburg, N.Y.
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Letters to the Editor
Search for Eagles report, Feb. 10
  • Feb 15, 2019
Entertainment
John Beardman exhibit now at Chant Realtors
  • Feb 15, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA