Alcohol; unlawful consumption, purchase, or possession. (HB571)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unlawful consumption, purchase, or possession of alcohol. Clarifies that it is an affirmative defense to a charge of unlawful consumption, purchase, or possession of any alcoholic beverage if the defendant shows that such consumption, purchase, or possession was allowed under the current exemptions to licensure under the ABC law. The bill provides that it is declaratory of existing law. Read the Bill »


03/01/2018: Passed the Senate


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101985D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/02/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/08/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB571E
02/08/2018Printed as engrossed 18101985D-E
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE(99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2018Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/16/2018Rereferred from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/26/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Committee substitute printed 18107677D-S1
02/27/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107677D-S1
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB571S1
03/01/2018Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107677D-S1 (2-Y 96-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2018House acceded to request
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Habeeb, Bell, Robert B., Mullin
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Surovell, Cosgrove, McDougle
03/10/2018Failed to pass in House
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass


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 2 minutes.