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Bill expanding canned cocktail sales advances through Senate committee

Legislation expanding where consumers can purchase ready-to-drink beverages saw approval from a state Senate committee on Wednesday and will now move to the full chamber for consideration.

The Republican-controlled Law and Justice Committee advanced legislation from Sen. Mike Regan expanding where consumers can purchase RTDs, commonly called canned cocktails, to include spaces not operated by state stores.

Under current law, only the state liquor system can sell canned cocktails.

Regan, a York County Republican who chairs the legislative committee, said his proposal to let state, grocery, and convenience stores, beer distributors, and local bars sell canned cocktails would “simply expand” options to buy the products and open “additional avenues to import” them into Pennsylvania. He told his fellow lawmakers that he doesn’t think the expansion would impact the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s sales.

“As we implement this, I think it’s important for the LCB to be a partner,” Regan said before Wednesday’s 6-5 vote.


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