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Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, who tried to re-write House Speaker Mike Turzai’s byzantine privatization legislation two years ago, said he was pleased to write this one.

“As the author of the final version of this bill, I am extremely grateful that all sides were able to set aside partisanship and unite around a plan that truly puts the consumers first,” he said.

“The reforms included in this bill are measures that consumers have requested for years, and I appreciate the fact that we were able to reach a compromise that responds to the most pressing concerns we hear from community residents.”

The bill:

•Removes Sunday restrictions and state-mandated holidays.

•Enhances customer loyalty programs and opens up coupons at state stores.

•Provides options for flexible pricing to allow state stores to offer special discounts and sales.

•Allows restaurants and hotels to sell up to four bottles of wine for take-out.

•Allows grocery stores that currently sell beer to sell up to four bottles of wine.

•Allows for direct shipments of wine to people’s homes, and

•Makes permanent gas stations’ ability to sell 6 packs.

Turzai, still the bill’s main sponsor, also praised the legislation.

“This historic legislation is a tremendous leap into bringing Pennsylvanian into the 21st century,” he said.   “This privatization bill will bring consumers the added choice and convenience they have been asking for since Prohibition.”

As for those gas stations, there are currently just nine fuel-related applications approved.

They are:

Arch Six Packs to Go LLC, Wyoming, Luzerne County, Fast Lane Six Packs to Go LLC, Hanover Township, Luzerne County; Lathia Investments LLC, Canonsburg, Washington County; Ohio Springs Inc. (Sheetz) Smithfield Township, Huntingdon County; SAI Hazleton LLC, Hazleton, Luzerne County; SAI Hess Market LLC, Orange Township, Columbia County; Save N Go Beer LLC, Richland Township, Allegheny County; Shivashish LLC, Plains Township, Luzerne County; and VGV Beverages LLC, Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County.

More applications are expected.

 

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