BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Historic Liquor Reform Bill (Round-Up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

June 09, 2016

Yesterday, Governor Wolf signed a historic liquor reform bill that will provide greater convenience and satisfaction to Pennsylvania customers. The bi-partisan supported bill is the most significant step in reforming the commonwealth’s liquor system in 80 years.

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“I want to commend leaders and members from both parties in the House and Senate for coming together to pass this legislation and I am proud to have signed it into law,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania and this reform package finally brings Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st century.”

The bill includes improvements such as allowing grocery stores that currently sell beer to also sell wine, direct shipment of wine to consumers’ homes, permanent gas stations’ ability to six packs, restaurants and hotels to sell bottles of wine for take-out, and flexible pricing to allow state stores to offer special discounts and sales.

Take a look at the additional coverage below
  • Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf signs into law bill expanding liquor sales in state

    “This bill is truly historic,” [Governor] Wolf said. “[It] will improve the customer experience, make pricing more competitive, make the purchase of products more convenient, and bring more revenue for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It shows once again that Democrats and Republicans can work together. It shows we are changing a system people in Pennsylvania have wanted to change for a very long time.”

  • Philly.com: It’s the law: Wine to be sold in Pa. grocery stores

    Barely a day after it sped through the House and unexpectedly landed on his desk, Gov. Wolf on Wednesday signed a law to let hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores sell wine…”For the last 80-some years we have not been able to do this, so this truly is historic,” Wolf said in an afternoon signing ceremony.

  • Morning Call: Wolf signs law making alcohol sales easier

    “This bill will improve the customer experience, this bill will make pricing more competitive, it will make the purchase of these products more convenient and it will produce more revenue for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” [Governor] Wolf said. “It will also show, once again, that Democrats and Republicans can work together.”

  • Associated Press: Wolf signs bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores

    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Wednesday allowing wine sales in grocery stores and making other changes to how alcohol is sold. The new law lets licensed groceries and restaurants sell up to four bottles of takeout wine per customer. The measure also puts into law convenience store sales of beer that have begun as a result of court cases.

  • York Dispatch: Wolf signs wine, beer sales reform bill

    The most wide-ranging reform of Pennsylvania’s wine and beer sales in decades was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday. “This bill will improve the customer’s experience,” Wolf said during a signing ceremony, noting the bill will increase revenue for the state

  • CBS Philly: Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Allowing Wine Sales In Grocery Stores

    “We are changing a system that the people of Pennsylvania have wanted to change for a very long time,” said Gov. Wolf. Gov. Wolf said he was fulfilling a campaign promise to modernize the current system — making it easier and more convenient to purchase beer and wine without selling off or privatizing the state store system.

  • PennLive: Pennsylvania’s first major liquor reform bill since Prohibition becomes law

    [Governor]Wolf emphasized the collaborative effort that took place to see those changes to fruition as a contingent of lawmakers from both parties stood at his side. As he signed the bill, he was flanked on his right by two of the plan’s architects — Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny County, and Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks County — and on his left by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, the bill’s sponsor whose blessing allowed it to come to a vote on Tuesday.

  • Times Leader: Wolf signs bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores

    The governor said “truly historic” changes will help consumers and generate new revenue for the state. “I have every confidence that this is a good thing for Pennsylvania,” Wolf said, flanked by lawmakers as he signed the bill in his Capitol offices a day after it passed the House with bipartisan support.

  • Reuters: Pennsylvania governor signs law expanding wine sales to private stores

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed into law new measures to expand the sale of bottled wine to certain private stores, a move that could generate millions in state revenues through taxes and licensing fees. Pennsylvania is one of just two U.S. states, along with Utah, with full control over its liquor sale system – owning and operating retail and wholesale operations.

  • PLS Reporter: Gov. Wolf signs House Bill 1690 for liquor modernization

    “I promised to modernize our state store system when I ran for governor and this bill delivers on that promise,” said Gov. Wolf House Bill 1690 allows the purchase of wine in groceries stores with a select license. “It will be available in those grocery stores that have the restaurant license,” said Gov. Wolf. “It will also be available in certain restaurants and the idea is that people will be able to access this.”

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