Senate Liquor Proposal Makes Reforms, but Maintains State’s Booze Monopoly, Says Saylor

HARRISBURG – Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 100, state liquor store legislation unveiled today by state Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks), chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

“In March, the House made a historic vote on legislation, House Bill 790, that would put a definitive end to the Prohibition-era monopoly of state-owned retail liquor and wine stores, as well as the Commonwealth’s wholesale distribution monopoly of the same.  Today, the Senate acted on the issue, but the results are a mixed bag.

“That a lot of hard work went into developing Senate Bill 100 should not be lost on anyone.  But, as the Senate joins this debate, the legislation put forth leaves the state’s retail store system open for a nebulous amount of time, thus preventing the private sector and our free market system from taking over as they should.  At the same time, the proposal would allow taverns and beer distributors to purchase wine and liquor licenses, putting them in direct competition with the state’s retail wine and liquor stores.

Moreover, Senate Bill 100 would keep the state monopoly of the wholesale and distribution of wine and liquor intact, ensuring non-elected bureaucrats remain the dominant players with respect to the sale of wine and liquor in the Commonwealth.

“Negotiations will continue between legislators, and the respective legislative bodies of the General Assembly.  In that effort, I will continue to support legislation that absolutely puts an end to the state government’s monopoly on liquor and wine Pennsylvania, and does so in a way that is revenue-positive so that it benefits taxpayers, while respecting the businesses of our beer licensees.”

House Majority Whip Stan Saylor
94th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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