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Pennsylvania State House May Vote Soon On New Privatization Bill

June 11, 2012

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives could begin debating a new privatization bill championed by the chamber’s majority leader Mike Turzai as early as today. This latest privatization push sweetens the deal for beer distributors in Pennsylvania—some of whom had opposed an earlier version of the same bill—by offering them first right of refusal on 1,600 retail wine and spirits licenses to be auctioned under the proposal (the state’s 620-store retail monopoly on wine and spirits would be dissolved). The amended bill would also allow beer distributors to sell beer in six- and eighteen-packs versus current rules under which they may sell only cases and kegs. Privatization has Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s support, but its fate in the legislature remains uncertain.

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