State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. Dante Santoni


Democratic Chairman, Liquor Control Committee



Democratic Policy Committee continues review of privatization of state liquor stores


HARRISBURG, April 14 The House Democratic Policy Committee today held a public hearing at the state Capitol to explore how liquor store privatization would affect Pennsylvania, said Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.


State Rep. Dante Santoni, D-Berks, the Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, served as hearing co-chairman.


"The Policy Committee continues to explore this issue by holding hearings in every region of the state and listening to both sides of the debate," Sturla said. "The overwhelming take away is that there would be a tremendously negative impact on the Commonwealth, both fiscally and socially. The costs are just too high for our state to lose this important asset."


Santoni added: "This Policy Committee series of hearings has been valuable in helping to sort through the various perspectives on privatization. Sometimes when you are working without a specific proposal in mind, you are able to look in directions you might not have considered otherwise.


The committee heard testimony from Joe Conti, CEO, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board;

Matthew Brouillette, president, Commonwealth Foundation; Leonard Gilroy, director of government reform, Reason Foundation; David Bender, executive director, Compass Mark; Wendell Young, president, UFCW 1776; and from the Independent State Store Union: David Wanamaker, president, Neil Cashman, government relations coordinator, and Jeremy Phillips, store manager, State College.


For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit