Pa. Liquor Control Board’s refusal to share records with state lawmaker sparks court battle

Jan Murphy | Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

A state lawmaker is finding his quest for records to help him decide whether to support a bill that would increase the number of restaurant liquor licenses has led him into a court battle with a state agency.

Using the state’s Right to Know Law process, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria County, asked the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for the number of out-of-service or revoked restaurant liquor licenses in each county that are able to be auctioned.

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Only in Pennsylvania: Legal quirk for wineries – discounts are fine, just don’t advertise it

Harold Brubaker | Tuesday, August 6, 2019, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Here’s another dispatch from the weird world of Pennsylvania liquor law: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has explicitly barred the state’s wineries from promoting volume discounts — such as 25 percent off a case of Cabernet Franc — because that amounts to an inducement.

Wineries are, on the other hand, allowed to offer a list price for a case of wine that is lower than the per bottle price, as long as they don’t promote the discount, according to an advisory opinion published last week.

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Pennsylvania liquor stores to increase prices on 422 items

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s system of state-owned liquor stores said Wednesday it will deploy its new authority to decide what prices to charge by increasing the cost of 422 items at the end of this month.

The Liquor Control Board said 393 of the increases will amount to $1 per bottle, and the vast majority will be less than 10 percent.

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