Pennsylvania Senate GOP seeking consensus on liquor bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Republican state senators are still unsure whether they'll vote for legislation that one of their members is writing to liberalize the sale of wine, beer and hard liquor in Pennsylvania.

Republican senators said Bucks County Sen. Charles McIlhinney is expected to unveil the legislation Tuesday.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, of Jefferson County, said he has no indication that any of the Senate's 23 Democrats will vote for a bill that privatizes the state-controlled sale of wine and liquor.

But he also said there's no consensus among the 27 Republicans that's big enough to ensure passage of a bill, and it's not clear yet exactly what McIlhinney will propose.

Gov. Tom Corbett is pressing for action by July 1 on legislation to privatize the state's wine and liquor system.

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