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Top Pennsylvania senator: Liquor bill still lacks support

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A top Republican state senator says legislation one of their members is writing to liberalize the sale of wine, beer and liquor in Pennsylvania doesn't yet have enough support to pass the chamber.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said Tuesday that work continues to find enough votes to pass a bill on the topic.

The Delaware County Republican's comments came an hour before Pa. Sen. Charles McIlhinney, of Bucks County, was to publicly unveil his proposal.

Privatizing the state-controlled wine and liquor system is a top priority of Gov. Tom Corbett. The Republican governor is pressing for action by July 1, when lawmakers traditionally leave Harrisburg for the summer.

The Senate's 23 Democrats thus far oppose a privatization bill. House Republicans passed a bill in March, but it also lacks Senate support.

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