Expanding Opportunities for Wine Enthusiasts
On Wednesday, May 9, the House Liquor Control Committee passed House Bill 845, my legislation which would allow for direct shipment of out-of-state wines to the homes of Pennsylvanians.
Pennsylvania remains one of 17 states that continues to ban direct shipments. It’s time to move our liquor laws into the 21st century and give Pennsylvania wine consumers the same access to the marketplace that the majority of their counterparts in other states enjoy.
House Bill 845 would permit the shipment of wine to Commonwealth residents by wineries that obtain a direct wine shipper license. An unlimited amount of wine could then be shipped directly to any Pennsylvania resident who is at least 21 years of age or older for personal use only.
Current law allows for online purchases to be delivered to a Liquor Control Board (LCB) store, and limits the volume of the purchase and the types of wines that may be purchased (only wines which are not available in LCB stores may be purchased.
My bill removes all of those restrictions, expands consumer opportunities and provides for more convenience in the buying process.
State Representative Curt Sonney
4th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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