Alcoholic beverages; person not requiring evidence of legal age guilty of Class 3 misdemeanor, etc. (HB1720)

Introduced By

Sen. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; proof of legal age required. Provides that any person selling alcoholic beverages to an individual who the seller knows or has reason to believe is younger than 21 years of age shall require the individual to present a photo identification form issued by a governmental agency that contains the individual's complete name, height, weight, and date of birth indicating that the individual is 21 years of age or older. The bill excludes student identification cards as bona fide evidence of legal age. The bill provides that failure to require identification shall be deemed a violation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103345D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/14/2013Assigned GL sub: #3 ABC/Gaming
01/16/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1720)
01/29/2013Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/31/2013Referred from General Laws
01/31/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Committee substitute printed 13104899D-H1
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104899D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1720H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/07/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1720H1)
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2013Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/12/2013Rereferred from Rehabilitation and Social Services (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/15/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/19/2013Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2013Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Placed on Calendar
02/21/2013Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1720ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1720ER)
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 562 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0562)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.


Jim Duncan writes:

Isn't this redundant to the existing law that prevents those under 21 from buying alcohol?