Speaker’s Wine Privatization Bill in Effect Today
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has applauded privatization measures that went into effect today under his enacted legislation, Act 39 of 2016.

“The legislation privatizes the sale of wine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Turzai. “This is the first significant step toward privatization.”

Since 2009, Turzai has led efforts to privatize liquor and wine sales by dismantling the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s total control over both retail and wholesale sales of wine and liquor. Pennsylvania consumers will soon be able to buy wine in participating grocery stores, have direct shipment of wine to their home and have wine-to-go from restaurants and hotels.

“Act 39 represents an important achievement in moving the sale of wine to the private sector and allows for consumer convenience,” said Turzai.

The House passed full privatization first in March 2013, House Bill 790, but the Senate did not vote on the bill. The House then passed full privatization three additional times this session. The House passed House Bill 466 on Feb. 25, 2015, where it was slightly amended by the Senate on June 30, 2015, and concurred upon in the House. The bill was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf. The House once again passed full privatization, House Bill 1690, on Nov. 19, 2015.

While the House had initially sought more expansive privatization, in the spirit of compromise, an amended version of Turzai’s House Bill 1690 was passed by the House on June 7, 2016, by a vote of 157-31. That bill was signed into law by the governor June 8, and was effective after 60 days, which is today.

“Our support for a compromise version of the original bill was a vote of faith that, once Pennsylvanians see the benefits of grocery store wine sales, direct shipments and wine-to-go by restaurateurs, everyone will be ready to finish the journey toward full privatization in the years ahead.”

Pennsylvania had once been one of only two states where government had full control of the sale over both retail and wholesale sale of wine and liquor.

Representative Mike Turzai
The Speaker
28th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Jay Ostrich
717.772.9943 (office), 717.649.6547 (cell)
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