The House Liquor Control Committee Tuesday approved legislation that would authorize the direct shipment of wine to Pennsylvania consumers, according to state Rep. Paul Costa, the Democratic chairman of the committee.

“The direct shipment of wine is a step toward modernization of our state system,” Costa said. “If a store doesn’t carry a specific wine a consumer wants to purchase, it offers them a win-win scenario where the consumer, the winery and the commonwealth benefit from the transaction.”

House Bill 121 would allow both in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship their products directly to Pennsylvania consumers, as long as the wineries obtain a limited winery license and direct shipper license through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

A direct wine shipper would be required to collect 6 percent sales tax and the 18 percent Johnstown Flood tax on all shipments of wine into the commonwealth and remit the same to the Department of Revenue quarterly, Costa said.

The legislation would address a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held states cannot discriminate against out-of-state wineries by prohibiting them from selling directly to customers while allowing in-state wineries to do so.

The measure now moves to the full House for consideration.

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