Even though the State Senate signed off on a measure yesterday that would make direct wine shipments to consumers in the Keystone State legal, it’s unlikely that it will actually go into effect. Why? We’re guessing it’s because of sour grapes. In the past, it’s been suggested that Mike Turzai, House Majority Leader and chief proponent of privatization, has held a decades long grudge against the state’s booze board over a bottle of Bailey’s he was unable to procure. Now the Inky reprots that Turzai is going to run interference on the wine-shipping bill, no doubt in spite of it being the most progressive effort for alcohol sales in this state since the LCB stopped requiring liquor store employees to wear cop uniforms on the job, because it bypasses his own dead-in-the-water proposal to get the state out of the business of selling wine and whiskey.
Despite the bill he introduced last summer getting completely stripped and reconfigured so it’s more of modernization bill than privatization, Turzai and supporters are still holding out hop that it will pass. Though it should be pointed out that the modified bill has not gained a traction or momentum since December.