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Pa. Senate readies unusual session on liquor bills

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Republican senators have been meeting privately for several hours as they prepare for an unusual floor session to consider legislation that could allow private store operators to sell wine and liquor in Pennsylvania.

The impending Wednesday session is a sign of the growing desperation among Republican majority leaders to reach a consensus on issues that are important to Gov. Tom Corbett.

Lawmakers are planning to meet all week to wrap up a new budget and other business before leaving Harrisburg for the summer.

Normally, Senate Republican leaders don't bring a bill to the chamber's floor unless the Republican majority approves of it and they've ensured it'll pass.

However, Senate Republicans are split over legislation on wine and liquor sales being sought by House Republicans and Corbett. Democrats oppose it.