Top Pa. senator: Liquor bill still lacks support

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A top Republican state senator says legislation one of their members is writing to liberalize wine, beer and liquor sales in Pennsylvania doesn’t yet have enough support to pass the chamber.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said Tuesday that work continues to find enough votes to pass it.

Bucks County Sen. Charles McIlhinney says he wants to allow thousands of beer licenses to buy $8,000 permits to sell wine and liquor. He’d also allow beer licenses to sell beer in a wider variety of quantities.

The Senate’s 23 Democrats are unlikely to support it. House Republicans passed a bill in March, but it lacks Senate support.

Privatizing the state-controlled wine and liquor system is a top priority of Gov. Tom Corbett. The Republican governor’s pressing for action by July 1.

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