Pa. Bill Would Decriminalize Transporting Booze Across State Lines

Part of broader privatization effort.

Arthur Goldman may get a bit of redemption after all.

You remember Goldman: He’s the Chester County attorney who was accused of bootlegging after he had rare fine wines shipped to his home from out of state — in violation of Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board rules — and selling some bottles to friends. Authorities say the nearly 2,500 bottles of wine seized from Goldman will be destroyed, per state law.

Now there’s a move afoot in the Pennsylvania House to decriminalize the importation of liquor and spirits from across state lines.




CBS Philly reports:

The bill is to be introduced by Philadelphia Republican John Taylor, who cites recent news stories about law enforcement action against a man who purchased premium wines out of state and brought them home to Pennsylvania. Decriminalization language was contained in a broader bill passed by the state House last year to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania — a bill that has languished in the state Senate since. And Steve Miskin, spokesman for the state House Republican majority leader, admits it’s an effort to jump start the stalled privatization effort.

“It’s another way to highlight the need for a total makeover of Pennsylvania’s liquor laws,” Miskin says.

The bill, however, is considered a long shot.

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  • Albert Brooks

    The Legislature, especially the Senate Democrats need to grow a pair and do what the citizens want – get rid of the state store system..

    • Joseph

      The Dems don’t want to hurt the feelings (so to speak) of the retail clerks union. The unions basically control the Democratic Party, so they’ll never allow the sell off of the state liquor states. Yes, that’s the reason. (union jobs)

  • Stephen J. Marmon

    When, oh when, will the horrible state store system be ended? There is NO excuse for the continued inaction by the State Senate.

    • http://lewbryson.blogspot.com LewBryson

      Yes: the Senate needs to have the light of public anger blaze bright upon its inaction. This isn’t about the House, or the Governor, both of which have signaled their willingness to do what the citizens want, have wanted. It’s about the Senate, particularly the Senate Republicans. They’re so scared of this, they won’t even bring it to a vote so we could see who’s screwing us!