Legislation Would Change the Way Wine is Sold and Expand Consumer Choice

March 22, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he is seeking co-sponsors and will introduce legislation that will change the way wine is sold and expand consumer choice.

Senator Farnese’s legislation would allow consumers in Pennsylvania to order wine by mail from anywhere in the United States and have it shipped directly to their home.

Current law does not allow any direct shipments.

“The bill is meant to expand consumer choice,” said Senator Farnese. “There is a growing movement in Pennsylvania for privatization. But when you drill down, people want privatization as a means to choice: choice of product and choice of price. I want to make sure that we have consumer choice.”

Senator Farnese announced his legislation during today’s testimony by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board during budget hearings in Harrisburg. Senator Farnese is a member of the Appropriations Committee.

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