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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Speaker Mike Turzai Announces First Auction of Expired Restaurant Liquor Licenses

Mike Turzai
Auction is the first of many permitted by Act 39

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House Speaker  (R-Allegheny) announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has begun the process of auctioning off expired restaurant liquor licenses as permitted by Act 39, the Alcoholic Beverage Convenience (ABC) and Wine Privatization Act. The Turzai-sponsored law went into effect on Aug. 8.

“In sponsoring, then passing Act 39, we envisioned the sale of well over 1,000 licenses to grocery stores across Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania consumers. This PLCB auction of 40 licenses is a first step of fulfilling that position,” Turzai said. “While there are grocery stores which already have a license to sell wine, these auctions will provide similar opportunities for more consumers to be able to experience customer convenience, lower prices and market competition.”

According to the PLCB, the first batch of expired licenses will include 40 from 21 counties in the state, with bids due by noon on Oct. 27, 2016. The first batch included only 40 licenses to prevent saturating markets and driving down demand for licenses, and gives the commission an opportunity to transition into the new process.

According to Turzai, the ABC and Wine Privatization Act allows the PLCB to sell up to 50 expired restaurant liquor licenses per county each year. The minimum bid is $25,000 and local governments will still need to approve the transfer of any licenses into their municipality.

Turzai said the new law requires the PLCB to auction expired restaurant liquor licenses in cases where the licenses were either not renewed, revoked by an administrative law judge, or are no longer eligible for safekeeping. Licenses which expired since the year 2000 are included, as well as any which expire in the future.

“We will be watching the PLCB closely to see that these licenses continue to be auctioned in an expeditious manner to meet consumer demand,” Turzai added.

Other major provisions of Act 39 included the sales of wine by grocery stores with restaurant licenses and the direct shipment of wine to consumers’ homes. Turzai and other lawmakers celebrated the first grocery store to sell wine from its shelves – the Giant Eagle supermarket at Settlers Ridge in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, in August.


Anonymous said...

YES...YES...YES Make sure we continue to sell those liquor licenses. The state needs the money from the license AND from the sale of the alcohol itself. Make sure we sell a lot of it too. The hospitals need the business, the courts and lawyers need the business, CYS needs the business. These are all agencies that will continue to see a lot of business from alcohol and alcohol abuse!! Broken homes, broken lives, fights, car wrecks, DUIs. There are no disputing the FACTS. Look at the stats, read that 80,000 people die annually from alcohol related causes. Read the relationship behind alcohol abuse and spousal and child abuse. Facts don't lie. BTW, pop open your Coors light and continue to vilify marijuana which has REAL medicinal value and is a safer alternative if you feel the need to "relax and unwind".

Anonymous said...

After reading a post like this I can understand why they call it dope!

Anonymous said...

Came to the comments for the PoCo Prohibitionists, and PoCo Pot lobby. Got both in first post, its all I needed for my bingo card. Comments section you rarely disappoint.

Anonymous said...

Brew & grow your own and eliminate the middle man (government).

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I Agree 11:25 and Turzai was against Medical cannabis for the sick and dying children and adults.

Anonymous said...

Wine & Dine time !