HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Senate Republicans won the early morning passage of a key amendment to a bill to allow private store sales of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania.
The amendment passed after 1 a.m. Saturday morning after Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi spent hours through the night to secure the votes necessary to pass it. It still requires full Senate and House passage to get to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.
Pileggi says it’ll make “historic” changes. The vote was along party lines, 27-23. Democrats criticized the late-night unveiling of the amendment, called it horribly confusing and warned about the public health consequences of liberalizing alcohol laws.
The proposed privatization of liquor and wine sales is one of Gov. Tom Corbett’s top legislative priorities.