Very briefly, I'd just like to say that as the debate goes on in Harrisburg relative to the issue of privatizing the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Wine and Spirits Stores, I'm calling on our Philadelphia Delegation and other legislators across the state, if they will listen, to not pass the legislation.
The state store system is an asset that currently generates more than $500 million annually, providing a steady and increasing source of revenue to the state treasury. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board also serves an important role in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of Pennsylvanians by ensuring that only appropriate age-responsible parties are able to purchase retail liquor.
The final thing I want to say is that the proposed legislation to privatize state Wine and Spirit Stores may also have a significant and detrimental impact on the City of Philadelphia through the proliferation of numerous additional alcohol establishments throughout the City and in its various communities and neighborhoods, causing a negative impact on the public health and safety of Philadelphia and its citizens.
So that's why I've introduced this legislation and ask all my colleagues to vote, and hopefully we will have some impact. Certainly I hope Philadelphia Delegation has taken a stance against it. And we were worried earlier about all the drugstores that opened up in the various communities that would end up being liquor stores. We still have that fear.
Thank you very much.