House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) said he expects the House to vote this month on privatizing Pennsylvania's wine and spirits stores.
Turzai told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that he plans on formally introducing legislation for Gov. Corbett's liquor privatization plan by the end of the day today, and that he expects the House to vote on it by the end of the March.
"People recognize that it's time for change," said Turzai, the legislature's most vocal proponent of selling Pennsylvania's wine and spirits stores. "And there is significant support for moving Pennsylvania forward."
Corbett's plan would auction off Pennsylvania's 600-plus stores, and then use the estimated $1 billion in proceeds to help public schools. The way the Republican governor envisions it, beer and wine could be sold by taverns, restaurants, beer retailers, supermarkets, convenience stores and even big box stores.