Legislation will greatly expand consumer choice and support local businesses

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today voted to expand consumer choice and support local businesses by allowing consumers to directly ship wine to their homes.  Senate Bill 790, which was amended in committee to closely resemble Sen. Farnese’s March 2011 legislation (Senate Bill 886) unanimously passed out of the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee.  The bill will offer Pennsylvanians more choice in the wines they select and drink in their homes and area restaurants.

“Philadelphia has some of the greatest BYOs, restaurants, bistros and wine lovers in the Commonwealth, and I’m pleased to announce that a version of my legislation allowing the direct shipment of wine passed out of committee.  I hope it will be voted on by the Pennsylvania Senate shortly so we can expand consumer choice and further support local businesses,” said Sen. Farnese.

Senate Bill 790 amends the Pennsylvania Liquor Code to allow for the direct shipment of up to 18 liters of wine per month to Pennsylvania residents 21 years or older.  Purchases to licensed direct shippers can be made via the internet, telephone or mail.  The bill also calls on direct shippers to verify the age of the recipient, pay all applicable taxes, mark that the shipping containers contain alcohol and be licensed and bonded in their home state.

The Pennsylvania Senate could consider the legislation before Dec. 14, 2011.

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