Senate Passes HB908: Alcoholic beverage control; operation of government stores on Sunday.
The senate passed HB908 with a 22-17 vote. The bill
Allows ABC stores to be open in any city with a population of 100,000 or more. Since 2004, ABC stores may be open, at the discretion of the ABC Board, in the Counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William, and in the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax City, Manassas, Manassas Park, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. The bill would add the Cities of Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Richmond, and Chesapeake.~Richmond Sunlight
The Roll Call
YEAS--Barker, Deeds, Edwards, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsh, McEachin, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Norment, Northam, Petersen, Puckett, Puller, Saslaw, Stolle, Ticer, Vogel, Wagner, Whipple--22.
NAYS--Blevins, Cuccinelli, Hanger, Houck, Hurt, Martin, McDougle, Newman, Obenshain, Quayle, Reynolds, Ruff, Smith, Stosch, Stuart, Wampler, Watkins--17.
I don't care either way. I drink, but I get what I need when the ABC is open. I do believe many people here would have a problem with Sunday sales. I would rather see the state get out of the booze business.