America is a land full of confusing booze laws that vary from state to state and sometimes even from city to city, and Pennsylvania has long fallen on the stricter side of alcohol sales rules. Currently, Pennsylvania is one of only two states, along with Utah, to completely control the sale of alcohol within the state. That means that even beer and wine must be purchased from state-run stores, and alcohol sales in grocery stores or elsewhere has been forbidden by law.
That could soon change, however, as Pennsylvania lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that will allow beer and wine to be sold in grocery stores, delis, convenience stores, and other locations. The final tally came out to 157–31 in favor of the bill, which is now awaiting approval from Governor Tom Wolf, who is expected to sign the bill.
“Today the House concurred with the Senate on historic liquor modernization legislation that provides greater customer convenience to the people of Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said in a statement.
“As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania to ensure convenience and satisfaction for customers. Once the bill reaches my desk, I will conduct a final review of the legislation to ensure it meets my goals of enhancing the customer experience, increasing much-needed revenue to help balance our budget, and bringing our wine and spirits system into the 21st century.”
If the bill passes into law, beer and wine will become much easier to purchase and sell within Pennsylvania, but stronger alcohols will still be available in state-run stores only.