Reese Says Senate Liquor Proposal Does Not Meet Public Expectations

HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Reese (R–Westmoreland/Fayette) issued this reaction after Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks/Montgomery) unveiled a bill that would revamp the liquor sales monopoly held by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), saying that the bill does not go far enough.

“Although I appreciate Senator McIlhinney’s efforts, a large majority of Pennsylvanians are looking for their state government to no longer be the number one seller of alcohol,” Reese said. “They are looking for a bolder release of the industry – not a looser grip.”

In March, members of the House voted in favor of a liquor privatization effort that focused on both retail and wholesale liquor sales currently conducted by the PLCB. McIlhinney’s plan would require a study of the state’s wholesale business to be completed before a re-evaluation in two years.

Reese said that the Senator’s bill is missing a concrete plan that would direct when a PLCB retail store would close once a privately-owned store is opened in a nearby location. He further stated that turning over wholesale operations to private industry is equally important because wholesale pricing and efficiency impacts the cost paid by consumers.

“We wouldn’t tell McDonald’s that they can only buy hamburger patties from Burger King and then expect that consumers will get a fair price,” Reese explained. “What the senator suggests is a good start, but I look forward to working with him on extending that to the wholesale side.”

Representative Mike Reese
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Raymond Smith
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