For Immediate Release
June 7, 2016
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding compromise legislation which headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk today and would improve consumer convenience and expand the private sector’s ability to sell alcohol in the Commonwealth. House Bill 1690, which is expected to generate $150 million in additional revenue for the 2016-17 fiscal year, provides for the private sector sale of wine in certain outlets and makes a number of improvements to the current state store system. The legislation was passed on concurrence today by the House of Representatives by a vote of 157 to 31.
“Today’s bipartisan vote helps to move the Commonwealth’s alcohol sales into the 21st century. House Bill 1690 takes a significant step toward giving consumers the convenience they have long wanted, while at the same time expanding and creating new opportunities for private-sector businesses. Employers have told us for years that they are ready, able and willing to responsibly sell alcohol – as evidenced by the fact that beer distributors and grocery stores have been doing so for years. We urge the governor to sign this commonsense bill and help Pennsylvania compete on equal standing with most other states when it comes to alcohol sales.”
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