2010-02-25 / Local & State

Pa. Lawmaker Tries Again To Loosen Beer-Sales Law

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s beer-sales law is among the nation’s most restrictive and is proving near-impossible to change.

But a state senator said Tuesday that he will try again to loosen it, this time allowing sixpack sales by beer distributors, groceries and conveniences stores.

Similar legislation pressed by Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County collapsed in the last two-year legislative term amid feuding between taverns, distributors, brewers and others.

That bill would have allowed six-pack sales by distributors, which currently only sell cases and kegs.

Pennsylvania’s law currently only allows six-pack sales in places where a patron can also drink beer.

But over the past year, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved a number of liquor licenses for grocery stories that have dining areas.

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