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The House Liquor Control Committee voted 15–10 along party lines to pass a bill that would privatize Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor stores system, which would make the price of alcohol drop.

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According to Philly.com, two new state-owned liquor stores are coming to the Philadelphia area before the end of the year. One opened Tuesday in Brookhaven, Delaware County. The other, opening on December 15, will be located at 1515 Locust Street, in the Rittenhouse Square area.

The article highlights the controversy around the new stores. The Republican-controlled legislature has been advocating for total privatization of the industry, but the Liquor Control Board has instead opened or upgraded dozens of stores, including the two new ones coming to the area, and embarked on a "branding effort" to make their state-controlled stores more appealing. Despite this, a law passed earlier this year let Pennsylvanians buy wine at grocery stores and gas stations as well as online for the first time, so it seems both sides of the liquor debate are taking actions towards their goals.

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