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Pa. Bill to Privatize Alcohol Passes House

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania got one step closer to privatizing alcohol sales with the passage of House Bill 790 Thursday.

The measure would allow grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies and mass merchants to obtain liquor licenses, while phasing out state-run stores.

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association is pleased with the bill's progress.

“This is a historic victory for consumers, retailers and for Pennsylvania; however we still have work to get this bill passed through the Senate,” said David McCorkle, PFMA president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

The bill to reform beer, wine and liquor sales will be debated in the state Senate which reconvenes April 8.

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