Lawyers from Pittsburgh legal powerhouse Eckert Seamans played an unusual role in the writing of Mike Turzai's liquor privatization bill, writes John Baer in the Daily News. They did it for free, on a package that could ultimately benefit the firm, he says:
First, Eckert is positioned to be the firm to represent those seeking booze licenses. (Kohler's page on Eckert's website already touts his involvement in "the development and drafting" of the bill.)
"That might be," Mann says, "but when we brought them in it was for their expertise because Rep. Turzai wants legislation that will actually work."
So, I'm sure, does Eckert.
Second, Turzai's bill doesn't impact beer, except by improving sellers' futures by allowing them to get licenses to also sell liquor and wine.
Eckert represented the state's Malt Beverage Distributors Association last year in an effort to prevent beer sales in large stores with restaurants.
Graphic: Eckert Seamans logo.