HARRISBURG – Legislation has been introduced allowing individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from the ability to purchase alcoholic beverages in PA. Bill sponsor, Rep. Matt Dowling of Fayette & Somerset Counties said, “Following my June auto accident and subsequent treatment that I voluntarily sought, I reflected on things that would have aided me in my own struggles, and this legislative idea came to mind.” House Bill 2811 would create a system of self-exclusion similar to the PA Gaming Control Board’s self-exclusion list for problem gamblers. Self-exclusion allows a person to request to be excluded from the ability to purchase alcohol from any Fine Wine and Good Spirits store or any other establishment with a valid liquor license in PA. Under the bill, self-exclusion would remain in effect for five years or until the self-excluded person requests removal from the list. Placement on the list is entirely voluntary and must be done by the individual seeking exclusion. The measure has been referred to the House Liquor Control Committee for consideration.