- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican senators are getting more details about the latest plan to liberalize Pennsylvania’s sale of alcoholic beverages.

No vote was scheduled, and a spokesman said Monday that Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi continues to seek votes to pass the plan.

The plan would be a significant change from a bill that won House approval last year.

The legislation wouldn’t shut down the state-controlled wine and liquor system, as Gov. Tom Corbett has sought. Instead, it would keep state control over the wholesale and retail system, which would continue to be the only retailer of hard liquor.

It also wouldn’t issue new retail liquor licenses, as Corbett had sought. Rather, existing licensees like bars, restaurants and retail beer distributors would be able to sell bottles of wine, as well as beer.

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