Maloney Co-sponsors Legislation to Privatize State-Run Liquor Stores

Legislator supports bill to take Pennsylvania out of the “alcohol

BOYERTOWN - State Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) is co-sponsoring House Bill 11, legislation authored by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would privatize wine and spirits sales in Pennsylvania.

“I believe Pennsylvania should not be in the business of selling alcohol, as this is not the purpose of government,” Maloney said. “That responsibility belongs in the private sector, a belief shared by the large majority of Pennsylvanians and my constituents.”

Only two states, Pennsylvania and Utah, have complete control over alcohol wholesale and retail operations. Turzai’s legislation would privatize the wholesale and retail operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). 

“House Bill 11 focuses the PLCB’s role solely on regulation, enforcement and education,” Maloney added. “This removes the inherent conflict of interest that currently exists by having the same group promote and regulate alcohol sales.”

House Bill 11 will continue to generate annual revenues through a reformed tax structure, which includes elimination of the 18 percent Johnstown Flood tax originated in 1936, and the 30 percent markup by the PLCB. These taxes and charges would be replaced with a fairer gallonage tax.

The state will also receive sales tax revenues from the new retail and wholesale businesses that would be created. Maloney pointed out that even former Gov. Ed Rendell estimated the revenue from auctioning off retail and wholesale licenses would generate $1.5 billion for Pennsylvania’s General Fund.

“The legislation also strengthens enforcement of liquor laws by providing concurrent jurisdiction for state and local police.” Maloney also commented. “In addition, retail managers and employees would be required to attend a Responsible Alcohol Management Program training program.”

House Bill 11 also requires retail operations to maintain a separate area dedicated to the sale of liquor and equipped with scanners that include age verification software. All retail store employees would have to be at least 21 years old under the legislation.  

State Representative David Maloney

130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Scott Little


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