Mixed beverage restaurant licensees; food-to-beverage ratio. (SB488)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pilot project for mixed beverage licensees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; alternative calculation for the 45 percent food-to-beverage ratio based on price paid by the licensee. Creates a two-year pilot project that directs participating mixed beverage restaurant licensees to calculate the required food-to-beverage ratio (i) on the basis of the price such licensee paid for the food, nonalcoholic beverages, and mixed beverages sold and (ii) on the basis of the price such licensee sold such food, nonalcoholic beverages, and mixed beverages to patrons. The bill provides that participating licensees shall be deemed to be in compliance with law if they meet the required food-to-beverage ratio based on either of the above calculations. The bill also requires participating licensees to serve food during any period of time mixed beverages are served and allows the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to summarily suspend the license of participants for 24 hours for violation of this requirement. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101477D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/05/2016Committee substitute printed 16105242D-S1
02/05/2016Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (12-Y 0-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Passed by for the day
02/10/2016Read second time
02/10/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105242D-S1
02/10/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB488S1
02/11/2016Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Placed on Calendar
02/15/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/17/2016Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #3
02/23/2016Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017
03/01/2016Continued to 2017 in General Laws
12/01/2016Left in General Laws