Alcoholic beverage control; local referendums. (HB2634)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach), and Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; local referendums. Allows the sale of mixed beverages by licensed restaurants and the sale of alcoholic beverages by the Board of Directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority in any county, town, or supervisor's election district unless a referendum is held and a majority of the voters voting in such referendum vote to prohibit such sales. Under current law, such sales are prohibited unless they have been approved through the referendum process. The bill includes a grandfathering provision that allows the granting of a mixed beverage license to any establishment described in § 4.1-126, as it was in effect prior to the effective date of this bill, notwithstanding the provisions of the bill related to local referendums but subject to other applicable laws and regulations. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2020, but allows localities to hold anticipatory referendums between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, and provides that the results of such referendums shall become valid and enforceable on July 1, 2020. The bill provides that the result of any referendum held prior to July 1, 2019, shall remain valid and enforceable for a period of five years. This bill is identical to SB 1110. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104143D
01/10/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2019Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #3
01/22/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/24/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2019Reported from General Laws with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Committee substitute printed 19105774D-H1
01/28/2019Read first time
01/29/2019Read second time
01/29/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105774D-H1
01/29/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2634H1
01/30/2019Read third time and passed House (67-Y 30-N 1-A)
01/30/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 30-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2634H1)
01/31/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2019Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/08/2019Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Read third time
02/12/2019Passed Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2634ER)
02/14/2019Signed by Speaker
02/14/2019Signed by President
02/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2634ER)
02/18/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019
02/18/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 18, 2019
02/18/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
02/27/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 178 (effective - see bill)
02/27/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0178)