Sonney Direct Wine Shipment Bill Approved by State House
6/27/2013
HARRISBURG – The state House today passed House Bill 121, legislation authored by state Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) 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,” Sonney said. “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 121, which may now be taken up by the state Senate, would permit the shipment of wine to Commonwealth residents by out-of-state 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 from wineries 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.

“My bill removes all of those restrictions, expands consumer opportunities and provides for more convenience in the buying process,” Sonney said. “We also removed the ability of the LCB to charge a 30 percent markup on special liquor orders when the store does not carry a particular product.”

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Sonney’s Corry office at (814) 664-9126, or his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Scott Little
717.260.6137 
slittle@pahousegop.com 
RepSonney.com
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