Mullery welcomes action to improve wine purchases, consumer convenience

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for signing into law a bill (H.B. 1690) that will modernize and expand retail sales of wine in Pennsylvania and makes other steps to increase consumer convenience.

Mullery, who voted for the bill, said the legislation will allow wine to be sold in many more locations, including grocery stores that already sell beer; give more flexibility to the Liquor Control Board to set prices and store hours across the state; and permit direct shipment of wine by licensed producers to consumers at their homes.

“Consumers are finally getting what they have been requesting for years and that is greater convenience to purchase wine and spirits,” Mullery said. “While the legislation isn’t perfect, I am thankful that we were able to come up with a bipartisan compromise to move Pennsylvania forward.”

Mullery said the legislation, which is expected to generate up to $150 million a year in new revenue for the commonwealth, will also protect nearly 5,000 family sustaining jobs.

“By providing more convenience to consumers, the LCB has the power to set longer hours for Sunday sales, open stores on holidays and offer customer loyalty programs,” Mullery said. “The increase in sales in the Fine Wine and Spirits Stores alone will boost revenue and could potentially provide more jobs in the commonwealth.

“I applaud the governor’s quick action in signing this bill into law to implement these changes to bring Pennsylvania into the 21st century.”