Murt Issues Statement Opposing Liquor Privatization in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) released the following statement following the House vote on House Bill 790 to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania: 

“While I favor modernizing the system, I opposed 
House Bill 790 because it expands the sale and distribution of alcohol in Pennsylvania on a massive scale without any increase in funding for law enforcement and public safety activities. This is an unfunded mandate on all of our law enforcement professionals across Pennsylvania, which is why the Fraternal Order of Police and Police Chiefs Association opposed the bill.

“I’m also concerned that the language in 
House Bill 790 does not specifically dedicate funds to education.

“Among my other objections, there were not enough protections in the bill to prevent convicted criminals from going into the liquor business, no prohibition on outlets near half-way houses, day care centers, and schools. Nor were there any requirements that licensees be residents of Pennsylvania.”

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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