December 2015 - January 2016 ::Pennsylvania :: Privatization

In December, the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation backed by Gov. Tom Wolf (D). Under the bill, holders of an R (restaurant) License, which include some restaurants, bars, hotels, supermarkets and delis, would be able to sell up to four bottles of wine to a customer. Additionally, the proposal would allow wineries to ship its products [...]

October 2015 ::Oregon :: Privatization

Oregon’s grocery industry launched a new effort to grab a share of the state’s lucrative liquor market by privatizing sales of these alcoholic beverages. The industry filed a proposed initiative for the 2016 ballot that would end Oregon’s system of allowing sales only through a limited number of state-licensed stores overseen by the Oregon Liquor [...]

July 2015 ::Pennsylvania :: Privatization

Included in the budget deal, vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf: Pennsylvania House of Representatives Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Marshall) has been pushing for the privatization of liquor sales in the state for many years, and the plan to end the state monopoly is a piece of the current budget negotiations between the legislature and Governor Tom [...]

May 2015 ::Pennsylvania :: Privatization

Pennsylvania Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) has circulated a bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor sales. While attempts to privatize are numerous and frequent, Sen. Wagner’s bill if the first Senate bill in nearly 15 years. Up until this attempt, the push to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor has been a House led venture. Sen. Wagner’s bill, while far [...]

February 2015 ::Vermont :: Privatization

Vermont’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC) has announced an interest to privatize liquor sales in the state.  DLC Commissioner Michael Hogan has stated that by removing the sale of alcohol as a core function of his office, they can dedicate more attention to the health and safety concerns of Vermont’s citizens.  While the issue is [...]