Pa. beer laws adding volatility to liquor debate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Where you can buy beer in Pennsylvania will be the subject of debate in the coming weeks in the state Senate, pitting profit-seeking businesses against one another and perhaps even against residents’ wishes.

In the middle of it is Bucks County Sen. Charles McIlhinney, who’ll chair a committee hearing Tuesday on legislation that passed the House last month.

The debate about beer is largely a passenger in Gov. Tom Corbett’s drive to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor.

So, any changes to Pennsylvania’s relatively restrictive beer laws will be pieces in the larger puzzle of liberalizing the sale of all alcohol.

McIlhinney says he’s looking to create a fair playing field for everyone in the wine, beer and liquor business.

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