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August 11, 2012
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced a voluntary recall of some lots of 1800 brand tequila because of the potential presence of glass particles in the bottles. The recalled bottles are 1.75 liter Silver, Reposado, and Coconut. All other size bottles, as well as 1800 Tequila Anejo, Select Silver, and 1800 Ultimate Margarita, are not affected. According to the manufacturer, Agavera Camichines S.A. de C.V., the glass stoppers may have been damaged during transport and while no injuries have been reported, the presence of small particles of glass could pose a health risk.
NEWS
July 14, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
You might expect an agency supposedly on the brink of elimination to tread quietly for a while. But even amid the legislature's latest failed attempt to make them part of the history from whence they came, Pennsylvania's favorite Prohibition reenactors were still rampaging across the commonwealth, doing their best to keep a lid on the 21st Amendment.   The Carrie Nation appreciation society that is the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has trained its ax on the region's eminently likable Iron Hill chain of brew pubs.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Any senseless body of law requires a corps of lawyers to make a comfortable living off of it. Hence the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's obscure (because they like it that way) cadre of administrative law judges, who occupy their days with the commonwealth's baroque liquor code and those who dare violate it. Well, at least part of their days. As The Inquirer reported last week, investigators from the state Inspector General's Office caught some of the judges spending the equivalent of a couple days out of the office over the course of a dozen workdays.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The push to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania is on the rocks - for now. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, privatization's champion in the legislature, conceded Tuesday that he did not have enough support in the House to get the measure approved before lawmakers' summer break. He vowed to try again this fall. "Right now, we can't get it over the goal line," said Turzai (R., Allegheny). "Consumers are expecting it. But to get to the sweet spot to garner the support in the House is going to take additional work.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | John Baer
I'M SHOCKED — shocked, I tell you — that folks running the state's longtime booze monopoly might not be playing by the rules. Imagine, if you can, political appointees in the arcane Liquor Control Board taking gifts from those with whom they do state business, or seeking to hook up relatives with jobs. Imagine public servants lazing on the job, or skipping out during working hours! Unthinkable, I know. And yet, according to two reports from the state's Office of Inspector General, that's apparently what's going on. Are you as shocked as I?
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis and INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG — The push to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania is on the rocks — for now. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, privatization's champion in the legislature, conceded Tuesday that he did not have enough support in the House to get the measure approved before lawmakers' summer break. He vowed to try again this fall. "Right now, we can't get it over the goal line," said Turzai (R., Allegheny). "Consumers are expecting it. But to get to the sweet spot to garner the support in the House is going to take additional work.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A trio of top officials at the state Liquor Control Board accepted gifts and favors from vendors and other businesses with an interest in liquor, the state Inspector General's Office has concluded in a confidential report. The report, a copy of which has been obtained by The Inquirer, was submitted to Gov. Corbett's office in late March. An inspector general's spokesman said the matter was also referred to the state Ethics Commission. The report names LCB chief executive officer Joe Conti, board member Patrick J. "P.J.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Leisurely swims and long lunches. Shopping outings and afternoons spent with the kids. A jaunt to the Bahamas. That is how the state Liquor Control Board's seven administrative law judges - little-known jurists who hear liquor-code violation cases - are described spending their workdays when they thought no one was looking. As it turns out, someone was. During roughly three months in 2010, the judges' work habits were watched by agents of the state Inspector General's Office, which prepared a pointed report.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The House of Representatives adjourned the day with no discussion, let alone a vote, on a much-talked about proposal to private Pennsylvania's state-run liquor stores. The Republican-controlled House had been set to resume debate Tuesday on a revamped plan to get the state out of the business of selling wine and hard liquor, but abruptly adjourned without doing so, leaving many to question whether the measure is dead for lack of votes. The proposal's key sponsor, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny)
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HARRISBURG — The state House of Representatives began debate Monday night on a liquor privatization bill, setting the stage for a historic vote on whether to get Pennsylvania out of the business of selling wine and liquor. The House debated for three hours whether to give preliminary approval to a revamped plan to sell off the state's 600-plus Wine and Spirits Stores. The chamber is expected to resume discussion on the bill Tuesday. The new proposal comes with a twist: Not only would it privatize wine and liquor sales, it would also change the way beer, already a privately run industry, is sold in Pennsylvania.
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