Alva C. Mather, a partner in and chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Alcoholic Beverage Industry Practice Group and co-chair of the Food and Beverage Industry Practice Group, was quoted in the December 12, 2016 Central Penn Business Journal article, "Despite Burst of Reform, Liquor Privatization Likely to Keep Waiting."
But Alva Mather, a partner at law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, who heads the firm's alcoholic beverage industry practice, doesn't think privatization will happen next year.
"I think it's probably going to be more of a pause and adjustment," she said. "I have a hard time seeing privatization pass in the next couple of years."
"That class of license holders needs to get caught up and get used to these new rights that they have," Mather said. "The drive to change laws is to modernize the structure, but modernize toward consumer convenience."
Pennsylvania now has that under the recent changes in the law, she said.
"The state has tried hard to strike a balance," Mather said. "There will always be tension between expanding wine and spirits out of the state store system."
She added: "Maybe we're better to take the model we have, do it better and move on."
And when the retail system is generating record revenue each year, it becomes harder for the state to simply sell and get out of the business, Mather said.