Friday, May 11, 2012
Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Allowing Shipment of Wines
House committee approves shipping wine to homes from out of state
3:35 p.m. CDT, May 9, 2012
The House Liquor Control Committee today approved a bill to allow out-of-state wineries to ship their wines directly to Pennsylvania purchasers, instead of shipping the wine cases to a state Liquor Control Board store for pickup by the buyer.
Because of a five-year-old court decision saying that in-state and out-of-state wineries must be treated the same under law, the bill also allows Pennsylvania wine makers to direct-ship their products to buyers in other states provided the other states allow it.
In the committee-amended version of House Bill 845, offered by state Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie, in-state wineries would have to begin charging the 18 percent Johnstown flood tax on products shipped in state, something that isn't required now. Out of state wineries would also have to charge that levy, which would go to the Liquor Control Board and eventually to the state treasury.
The state's 6 percent sales tax would also have to be charged on wine purchases that are shipped directly to customers.
Mr. Sonney said his bill probably won't come up for full House action until the fall. He said he expects an ongoing battle over privatization of state liquor stores to occur in June, forcing a delay in action on his bill.
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