End near for Pa.'s 'bootlegging' law?
The state House voted to end the practice of fining people who carry bottles of beer, wine, and spirits into Pennsylvania.
For years, Pennsylvanians have heard about investigators who sit in the parking lots of South Jersey and Delaware liquor stores, watching for cars with Keystone State plates and following them across the bridge to nab them.
The Pennsylvania House today passed a bill, 136-59, to change the "border bleed" law.
Although the penalties would be done away with, residents would be required to pay Pennsylvania state taxes to the Department of Revenue on any wine or spirits brought in. That process was not described.
The bill still would not permit direct shipping of wine and spirits to Pennsylvania addresses.
House Bill 757, sponsored by Rep. John Taylor (R., Philadelphia), now heads to the state Senate.