HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) has introduced legislation that would allow a manufacturer who has a direct spirits shipper license to send spirits to a resident who is 21 years of age or older for the resident’s personal use and not for resale.
“During the many months throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania state store system experienced crippling shutdowns by Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB),” said Gaydos. “The inventory of many distilleries was locked up by the PLCB and unable to be sold. Recently, the PLCB announced that they are limiting the purchase of a select brand of spirits which in turn limits sales.”
Specifically, Gaydos’ legislation states that a person licensed by the board, another state or country as a producer or manufacturer of spirits, and who obtains a direct spirits shipper license, would be able to ship no more than 9 liters of spirits per month in a calendar year at a Commonwealth resident’s request. Each month the board will publish on the publicly accessible internet website a list of all classes, varieties and brands of spirits available for sale in Pennsylvania liquor stores.
“The time is now to put the spirits industry on par with the wine industry by allowing direct shipment of spirits to Pennsylvania residents,” said Gaydos.
House Bill 2342
has been referred to the House Liquor Control Committee for consideration.
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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