Jun. 29, 2015

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement today in response to the Pennsylvania Law and Justice Committee advancing House Bill 466 to the full Senate for consideration on Sunday:

“We applaud the Senate Law and Justice Committee members for sending House Bill 466 to the full Senate for a vote to fully divest the Commonwealth from the wholesale and retail sale of wine and spirits,” said Turzai, the creator of the legislation. “Most importantly this bill gets the state out of a business that is not a core function of government while returning to the people opportunities for choice, convenience and entrepreneurialism.”

Turzai gave specific praise to Senate leaders for getting the historic bill to the Senate floor.

“Without the unrelenting leadership of Senate Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney, Pennsylvanians would still be looking for a way into the 21st century,” said Turzai.

Pennsylvania remains one of only two states where government has full control of both the retail and wholesale of wine and liquor.

The Senate plans to take up the bill Tuesday, and Turzai expects the House to concur with Senate amendments upon its approval. He is also calling upon the governor to sign the legislation when it arrives at his desk.

“The governor should listen to the will of a broad-based, bipartisan majority of consumers who have asked simply for government to step away and let them purchase what they want, where they want it.”

Representative Mike Turzai
The Speaker
28th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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