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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 | 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, 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.
NEWS
June 3, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis and INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG — Call it liquor privatization, Round Two. Or is it Round Fifty-Two? Though June is crunch time for the state budget — and it's nearly summer in an election year — Pennsylvania House Republicans are making another push for action on a bill to privatize the state's Liquor Control Board. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) says he will try for a floor vote as early as this month on a bill he introduced last summer to auction off Pennsylvania's state-owned wine and liquor stores to private owners.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Another year, another bill proposing to let Pennsylvania residents have wine shipped directly to their homes from out-of-state wineries. This time around, though, wine lovers and legislators supporting the cause are cautiously optimistic that 2012 could finally be the year the measure becomes law. The state Senate is poised to vote Wednesday on legislation that would allow direct shipments from out-of-state wineries to a Pennsylvanian's doorstep. By all accounts, the bill is expected to pass, though its fate is murkier in the House, as it is with Gov. Corbett.
NEWS
March 1, 2012 | By Paul Jablow
I've missed The Sopranos ever since it went off the air. But I've finally found the perfect substitute: the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. I'm not suggesting the LCB is mob-controlled, and I wasn't into the Sopranos because they were mobsters. To me, what made them special was how ridiculous they seemed when they tried to act like normal people. Think Tony Soprano taking time out of touring colleges with his daughter to strangle a rival. Or Christopher Moltisanti trying to sell a harebrained movie script to Ben Kingsley.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Liquor Control Board, oft-criticized for being the hapless brainchild of Prohibition days, is quietly trying to join the 21st century. With little fanfare, the agency has rolled out a new, free application for the iPhone, an "app" meant to make it easier to find your favorite wines and liquors - and perhaps impress your date. The LCB's app lets users search the location of their nearest wine and spirits store, peruse the latest list of wines and other products on sale, order wine for home delivery, and locate the closest and cheapest state store to buy a favorite bottle.
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