Pa. House passes bill to privatize sale of wine and liquor


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A bill to privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania has passed the Legislature but faces an uncertain fate in the hands of Gov. Tom Wolf.

The House voted 113 to 82 on Tuesday for the Republican-backed proposal to let private companies take over the marketing, shipment and sale of wine and liquor in the state.

Earlier in the day, the bill passed the Senate, 27-22, without a single Democratic vote.

Wolf has opposed the measure and it is likely he will veto it. The Democratic governor is also considering whether to veto the entire budget or just parts of it. Wednesday is the first day of Pennsylvania’s new budget year.

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