The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month
May 2015: Senator Scott Wagner (R)
Member of Senate Law & Justice Committee
District 28, Serving part York County
April 2nd marked my one-year anniversary in the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the 28th District in York County. Since coming to Harrisburg last year, having won a special election in March 2014, I have been focused on issues that save taxpayers money, improve the business climate, and overall are common-sense approaches for our state government.
Liquor privatization is one of these issues. Unfortunately, like many things in the Senate, there has been a lot of talk but little action to bring privatization to fruition. I intend to change that.
I believe private enterprise is better able to sell liquor than the government. Therefore, I am proposing a plan to gradually sell off the state stores by providing existing R and D licensees the opportunity to obtain an expanded license to sell beer, wine and spirits.
It is important to note that I do not intend to create any new licenses, but I am looking to encourage the sale of those in safekeeping in order to achieve the revenue potential such licenses have for business owner and the Commonwealth. Also, my proposal does not address beer package reform.
While it is an alcohol-related issue, trying to combine the two will only continue to hinder efforts to finally achieve privatization. While the overall goal is to get the state out of the liquor business, my motivation is also you and your customers. There is no reason we should not be allowing existing businesses the opportunity to increase their own sales while providing customers with the convenience they have been demanding.
As we continue to advance this issue in the legislature, I certainly welcome input from you, and if you have questions about my proposal or other issues important to you, please feel free to contact me at senatorwagner.com.