Veto-bound mixed-drink to-go bill passes Pennsylvania Senate

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Senate is advancing legislation that substantially expands which outlets can sell bottles or cans of mixed hard-alcohol drinks to go. But Democrats call it a poison pill that will kill other provisions to help restaurants and bars.

The bill passed Wednesday, 26-24.

Originally, the bill had bipartisan support for extending provisions granted to bars and restaurants to help them make money under COVID-19 restrictions.

Wolf’s support changed after Republicans inserted a provision to allow beer-and-wine licensees like grocery stores, bars, restaurants, convenience stores and beer distributors to sell mixed hard-liquor drinks in cans or bottles.

Currently, only state-owned liquor stores are allowed to sell the products in Pennsylvania.

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