Alcoholic beverage control; permissible conduct by manufacturers, and wine or beer wholesalers. (SB685)

Introduced By

Sen. Martin Williams (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; permissible conduct by manufacturers and wine or beer wholesalers; tastings; service items and novelties. Authorizes manufacturers of alcoholic beverages and wine or beer wholesalers or their authorized representatives to conduct tastings under certain conditions as part of the privileges of their respective licenses. The bill requires a permit for the authorized representatives. The bill also authorizes (i) any manufacturer to sell service items bearing alcoholic beverage brand references to on-premises retail licensees, (ii) any employee of any alcoholic beverage manufacturer or wholesaler to distribute to retail licensees and their employees novelties and specialties valued at $10 or less and that bear alcoholic beverage advertising, (iii) any retail on-premises wine or beer licensee, his employee or agent to offer for sale or sell for one price a flight of wines or beers of no more than five different wines or beers, and (iv) any retail on-premises beer, wine or beer, or mixed beverage licensee, or their agents or employees to give samples of alcoholic beverages they are licensed to sell under certain circumstances. The bill also increases the samples of wine or beer a gourmet shop licensee may give from one to two ounces of wine and from two to four ounces of beer. Read the Bill »


04/07/2006: signed by governor


01/20/2006Presented and ordered printed 063814848
01/20/2006Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/27/2006Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
01/27/2006Committee substitute printed 067712848-S1
01/30/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/30/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
01/31/2006Read second time
01/31/2006Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2006Committee substitute agreed to 067712848-S1
01/31/2006Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB685S1
02/01/2006Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/01/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/01/2006Communicated to House
02/14/2006Placed on Calendar
02/14/2006Read first time
02/14/2006Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/16/2006Assigned GL sub: #3 ABC/Gaming (Gear)
02/28/2006Reported from General Laws (20-Y 2-N)
03/01/2006Read second time
03/02/2006Read third time
03/02/2006Amendment #1 by Delegate Hull rejected (8-Y 86-N 3-A)
03/02/2006VOTE: REJECTED (8-Y 86-N 3-A)
03/02/2006Amendments #2 and 3 by Delegate Hull rejected
03/02/2006Passed House (77-Y 23-N)
03/02/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (77-Y 23-N)
03/09/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB685ER)
03/09/2006Signed by President
03/10/2006Signed by Speaker
04/07/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 826 (effective 7/1/06)
04/17/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0826)