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Pa. senator sees support to privatize wine, liquor

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A second hearing in front of Pennsylvania state senators on the liberalization of Pennsylvania's wine, beer and liquor laws didn't appear to change any minds.

The Senate committee hearing Tuesday featured testimony by groups that make and sell alcoholic beverages and was the second of 3 that are planned.

The committee chairman, Sen. Charles McIlhinney, says he sees support for his plan to allow the state's approximately 12,000 existing private beer licensees to buy licenses to sell wine and liquor. They include eateries, bars and beer distributors, as well as supermarkets or convenience stores with a restaurant-style beer license.

Some could switch entirely to wine and liquor or stock none at all, while it would be up to them to put state-controlled liquor stores out of business through competition.

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