For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
Proposal provides greater choice and convenience, helps move Pennsylvania into 21st century
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of H.B. 1690 into law. The legislation provides for the private sector sale of wine in certain outlets and makes a number of improvements to the current state store system.
“Today, Gov. Tom Wolf stood with a majority of Pennsylvanians by signing into law historic and popular liquor reforms that will provide more choice and convenience in the purchase of wine and beer. This proposal is a significant step in moving Pennsylvania’s alcohol laws into the 21st century. The Commonwealth has lagged behind in this regard since the days of Prohibition which has led consumers to purchase alcohol in other states. We applaud the governor for signing this important reform legislation into law – which will help keep revenue within our borders and will expand private sector opportunities to responsibly sell alcohol and compete on equal ground with neighboring states. This effort – which had bipartisan support – shows how the spirit of compromise can bring about positive change in Pennsylvania. The PA Chamber is encouraged by this action and looks forward to working with elected officials to enact other smart, pro-growth policies.”
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