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Legislators explain votes on privatizing liquor sales in state

March 28, 2013

Local state House of Representatives were split down party lines when it came to voting for privatization of Pennsylvania’s alcohol sales reforms....

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Historic1

Mar-29-13 5:08 PM

I would not have to read the bill to make an educated guess that Wal-Mart, Sheetz (who has been preparing for this for years. Notice they have no longer canopies from the gas pump to the store, or the "Soda Caves") I wonder what the ratio of existing businesses to newly developed, job creation businesses. 790 has been prepared for by those larger companies that can threaten to leave Pennsylvania. I am skeptical, but personally am adapting a wait and see attitude.

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Chattycat

Mar-29-13 9:38 AM

I'm all for privatization. It's about time Pennsylvania moved into the 21st century. I've lived in other states without the restrictive state store system and it was not only easier for the customer, but the distributors seemed to be doing good business as well. Competition can be a good thing.

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 1:28 PM

"Sell beer and wine in stores on a small scale. Kegs and cases at the distributer. Hard liquor and fine champagne in State stores. Lower overhead and fewer employees will keep whiskey', etc. in a protected environment. Other states work this way." - TheMoe

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...And, many OTHER states (between here, and the West Coast) have it ALL!!

State Stores need to go the same route as the Blue Laws & buggy-whips.

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 1:23 PM

"Why would a distributor want a liquor license because down the road stores are going to be allow to sell beer also and the small neighboor beer distributors will be out of business." - jeff33

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...Besides, where do you think those stores are gonna GET their beer??

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 1:20 PM

"Why would a distributor want a liquor license because down the road stores are going to be allow to sell beer also and the small neighboor beer distributors will be out of business." - jeff33

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You'd describe Mid-State Beverage as a "small neighborhood beer distributor"?????

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JohnRz

Mar-28-13 10:51 AM

Pretty obvious no one here has read the bill.Don't feel bad neither did many who voted for it. I like the rep that said he voted for it to help the beer distributors that did read the bill and were asking him to vote no! This was more about party arm twisting than logic and reason. If your rep held his ground you didn't waste your vote. If your rep went to the Capitol just to let the power brokers tell him what he has to do to stay appease the big money behind this you might not want to send him back.

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TheMoe

Mar-28-13 9:32 AM

Sell beer and wine in stores on a small scale. Kegs and cases at the distributer. Hard liquor and fine champagne in State stores. Lower overhead and fewer employees will keep whiskey', etc. in a protected environment. Other states work this way.

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WillAcker

Mar-28-13 9:08 AM

Since every scientific poll ever conducted on the subject shows the citizens don't want the state store system why are all the democrats voting against what their constituents want? Maybe they will change their minds or maybe the public will fix the problem on election day.

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jeff33

Mar-28-13 8:53 AM

Why would a distributor want a liquor license because down the road stores are going to be allow to sell beer also and the small neighboor beer distributors will be out of business.

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johnnyad3

Mar-28-13 8:41 AM

I was one who contacted Everett but I asked him to oppose the bill. The reply I got led me to believe he had already made his mind up a long time ago. I asked him if this happens will there be a net increase in unemployment. He has not answered me.

For someone who says he is interested in creating jobs, he just voted to put more people in the unemployment lines.

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 6:34 AM

"House Bill 790, which passed by a margin of 105 to 90 last week, would get the state out of the business of selling wines and spirits while opening up additional retail venues for those items at privately-operated stores. The legislation would allow privately-run beer distributors to sell smaller quantities of beer and the ability to sell wines and liquor if they purchase a new license to do so.

The plan calls for state-run liquor stores eventually to be phased out as new private retailers set up shop."

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I don't understand the "need" for privately-run beer distributors getting the initial-licenses. It's not-as-if they'd be LOSING sales-opportunities, when state-stores are replaced by new private retailers.

Between selling larger-quantities (cases/kegs), distribution to local bars/restaurants...AND, sales to private retailers...how could they possibly LOSE money??

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