From Matt Conrad at the Virginia Wine Council:
“This week promises to be very hectic, with a great many bills moving toward ultimate passage or meeting defeat in committee or on the floor. I am happy to report, however, that as of TODAY HB2071 has been passed by the Senate! Our companion legislation that also deals with the agricultural nature of farm wineries’ activities, SB1033, is still before the House of Delegates, but is on the calendar as an uncontested bill on third reading.
SB1445, relating to wine-of-the-month clubs, has been reported out of the House General Laws committee on a vote of 19 to 2, with Delegates Carrico and Hull being the only dissenters. As of today, it was on its second reading on the House floor and will likely be voted on later in the week when the House takes it up with other Senate bills on third reading.
HB2523, the legislation relating to ABC licenses that was successfully amended at the VWC’s request, has been further amended on the Senate floor at the recommendation of Senators Puller and Stolle. The Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute amends the bill by defining the particular crimes that must be committed on the premises of an ABC licensee to establish a violation suitable for suspension or revocation. Those enumerated crimes include manslaughter, terrorism, abduction, driving under the influence, and disorderly conduct, among others. HB2523 passed the Senate with these amendments on a vote of 28 to 10. A conference committee will be formed to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.”