Cutler Votes to Restore Proper Role of Government in Alcohol Sales

HARRISBURG – Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) voted today in support of legislation to remove state government from the sale and marketing of alcohol and restore it to its proper role of oversight and enforcement.

“There is an old saying that you can’t serve two masters, but that is what the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has been trying to do by marketing alcohol while enforcing liquor laws,” said Cutler.  “This legislation will remove this conflict of interest and allow the PLCB to focus on regulation and enforcement.”

House Bill 790 would allow the Commonwealth to offer 1,200 licenses to retailers to sell wine and spirits, and the cost of the license would depend on the classification of the county.  The legislation would give beer distributors the first opportunity to purchase wine and spirits licenses. 

Under the bill, limits would be placed on the hours during which alcohol could be sold, and a special permit would be required for Sunday sales.  Wine licenses would be available to grocery stores.

Eventually, the PLCB would be required to begin closing its retail outlets.  Displaced state store employees would be given a three-point bonus on civil service exams and preferential treatment for state jobs that do not require exams. 

“State government has enough roles and responsibilities, such as helping to educate children, providing for safe highways and bridges, and keeping criminals off the streets,” said Cutler.  “Selling alcohol is not a government mandate, and it is not the proper role for our state government.  This legislation will end the bureaucratic involvement in alcohol sales to allow the state to properly focus on enforcing liquor laws and keeping alcohol out of the hands of our kids.”

More information about House Bill 790 is available at  Cutler also posts legislative information at

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
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