Bucks Co. State Senator Weighs in on Privatization

Debate continues in Harrisburg on liquor privatization. Bucks County State Senator, Chuck McIlhinney, unveiled a proposal for liquor sales yesterday. McIlhinney says, there’s fairness for all concerned under his proposal, including people who have beer distributors and other liquor licenses.

“What I heard from is the existing licensees, some currently in the beer business and alcohol business in Pennsylvania and one o the biggest things they are worried about is the value of their license. I believe we can expand and privatize alcohol, utilizing our existing license structure.”

McIlhinney is chair of the law and justice committee, also would make changes to the hours of operations that he believes will benefit licensees. 

Grooming: Part of Proposed Child Protection Law.

A series of child protection bills that were crafted over the Jerry Sandusky scandal are moving forward in HarrisburgBucks County State Rep. Kathy Watson sponsored a bill that passed in the House. Watson says, another bill, crafted by State Rep. Scott Petri, includes a ruse used by sexual predators called “grooming.”

“Which is a form of a sexual predator who is giving gifts and doing things came out of Sandusky and some of the things we learned from psychologists and psychiatrists. Truthfully, five years ago, none of us would have put that in the law or even knew about it.”

Watson says, all the bills on children protection should be revisited every five years. Watson is hopeful a general consensus can be agreed upon by both parties on the various child protection bills in the fall. Watson was a guest on the WNPV Program Comment Please By Univest on Friday

Liquor Store Reform May Fall Short in Harrisburg

Political reporter, Pete De Coursey, the Editor of Capitol Wire.com believes state store reform has a less than 50-percent chance of getting done prior to budget passage at the end of the month. Chuck Mcilhinney of Bucks County unveiled a reform package this week. But De Coursey says two other local senators have been non-committal.

“Senator Tomlinson, Senator Stu Greenleaf who are in the undecided group that put this bill on life support.”

De Coursey was a guest on Wednesday’s Comment Please By Univest Program on WNPV.

State Lawmakers Eye Gas Tax To Fix Roads and Bridges

You might have to pay more at the pump to help pay for rehabbing Pennsylvania’s road and bridge infrastructure.

“We need to do those things before there is an accident or heavy knows.”

That’s State Rep. Kathy Watson who says she doesn’t like lifting the capon the state’s wholesale gasoline tax, but believes it’s necessary to raise the millions of dollars needed for the repairs. Watson doesn’t think it will hike prices 25 centers per gallon, as some estimates have said.

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