Pa. governor to sign bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores

The measure will permit licensed groceries and restaurants sell up to four bottles of takeout wine per customer

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s governor says he’ll sign legislation allowing wine sales in grocery stores and making other changes to how alcohol is sold.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans a Wednesday afternoon bill signing ceremony in his state Capitol offices in Harrisburg.

The measure will permit licensed groceries and restaurants sell up to four bottles of takeout wine per customer, and put into law convenience store sales of beer that have begun as a result of court cases.

The legislation will allow state stores more flexibility about their hours and pricing. Consumers will be able to have wine shipped directly to them from private wine wholesalers.

The bill passed the House on Tuesday by a vote of 157 to 31. The union that represents employees of state liquor stores is strongly opposed.

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