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After House Privatization Vote, Pennsylvania Senator Proposes Modernization Plan For PLCB

March 2, 2015

Pennsylvania state Senator Jim Brewster has outlined a plan to modernize the state’s retail and wholesale wine and spirits businesses, offering an alternative to the privatization bill recently passed by the state’s House of Representatives. Brewster’s plan would remove the cap on the number of Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) stores that can operate on Sunday and extend permitted hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., expand “store-within-a-store” opportunities for wine and spirits within groceries, explore purchasing arrangements with other states to secure better prices, allow beer distributors to sell smaller quantities than cases and permit direct wine shipments to homes.

Brewster says the proposal could produce an extra $150 million for the state annually. Last week, the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives passed a bill that would sell off the state’s wine and spirits retail monopoly through a series of private licenses. Governor Tom Wolf is opposed to the Republican-led House bill; he has yet to weigh in on the specific modernization proposal by Brewster, a fellow Democrat, though he supports modernization in general.

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