Costa legislation to provide consumer convenience within the liquor system

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, said he now is seeking co-sponsorship for legislation that would finally provide consumers with the added convenience they have requested when purchasing alcohol in our commonwealth.

The legislation would allow restaurants, small delis and hotels to sell wine to go and beer in additional quantities, while beer distributors would now be able to sell six-packs, mixed cases and growlers for people looking to sample different styles of beer. Licensed grocery stores also would be permitted to sell bottles of wine in addition to beer.

Costa said these benefits would be in addition to expanding Sunday store hours for Fine Wine and Good Spirit Stores, creating a customer reward and discount program, and allowing for the shipment of wine directly to consumers.

Costa added his legislation would create jobs while preserving family-sustaining jobs, provide additional ways for people to purchase wine and beer in areas underserved by the Liquor Control Board and keep prices down.

“Pennsylvania consumers have said they want convenience and there’s no better time to provide it to them than now,” Costa said. “I feel my legislation is a win across the board and we need to act quickly to give the people what they requested.”

Gov. Tom Wolf recently proposed a plan to reform the state liquor system. It would lease the entire system for private management of wholesale and retail operations, granting options on where and how many stores would be operating. The governor’s proposal also would negotiate the selling of wine in grocery stores and restaurants and allowing six packs in convenience stores.

“Allowing a private company to manage the liquor system is only adding another layer of bureaucracy to the system. This will lead to an increase in prices and potentially put the jobs of our friends and neighbors at risk,” Costa said. “We need to maintain and add jobs, and the legislators need to create and maintain a system that can be profitable and help stimulate Pennsylvania’s economy.”