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February 23, 2015

Liquor privatization, decriminalizing out-of-state purchase considered

A bill to allow liquor privatization moved forward Monday and state reps proposed a bill that would decriminalize out-of-state liquor purchase.

The bill on privatizing liquor made it out of the House Liquor Control Committee with a 10-to-15 vote. According to the Delco Times, the bill would create 1,200 retail licenses for selling wine and liquor — and existing beer distributors would have dibs on buying the licenses first.

Meanwhile, some representatives are pushing legislation that would decriminalize purchasing alcohol in Delaware, New Jersey or elsewhere and bringing it back into the commonwealth.

According to the Delco Times, Reps Joe Hacket, R-161, and Dominic Pileggi, R-9, proposed the bill. Under current law, Pennsylvanians who purchase alcohol in New Jersey and bring it back can face up to 90 days in jail.

“It’s almost a laughable offense,” said state Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161, of Ridley Township.

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