Alcoholic beverage control; delivery of alcoholic beverages, third-party delivery license. (SB254)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; delivery of alcoholic beverages; third-party delivery license; container. Creates a third-party delivery license that authorizes the licensee to deliver alcoholic beverages purchased by consumers from other retail licensees. The bill establishes conditions for the issuance of third-party delivery licenses, imposes eligibility requirements for delivery personnel, and sets forth requirements for a delivery to be made by such delivery personnel. The bill imposes a $2,500 fine for first-time violations of the delivery requirements and a $5,000 fine for second and subsequent violations. The bill also establishes container requirements for certain alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption or delivery. The bill requires that such alcoholic beverages, if not contained in the manufacturer's original sealed container, (i) be enclosed in a container that has no straw holes or other openings and is sealed in a manner that allows a person to readily discern whether the container has been opened or tampered with; (ii) display the name of the licensee from which the alcoholic beverages were purchased; (iii) be clearly marked with the phrase "contains alcoholic beverages"; (iv) have a maximum volume of 16 ounces per beverage for certain beverages; and (v) be stored in the trunk of the vehicle, in an area that is rear of the driver's seat, in a locked container or compartment, or, in the case of delivery by bicycle, in a compartment behind the bicyclist during delivery. The bill also excludes from the rebuttable presumption in current law that a person is consuming alcohol while driving any person who is delivering an alcoholic beverage in accordance with the provisions of the bill. The bill directs the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority to collect data regarding the compliance of third-party delivery licensees with the provisions of the bill and report such data to the Chairmen of the House Committee on General Laws and the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services by November 1, 2023. The bill extends from July 1, 2022, to July 1, 2024, the sunset on prior legislation that allowed certain licensees to sell mixed beverages for off-premises consumption. This bill is identical to HB 426. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103941D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/18/2022Assigned Rehab sub: ABC
01/27/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2022Committee substitute printed 22104923D-S1
01/31/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Read second time
02/01/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104923D-S1
02/01/2022Passed by for the day
02/02/2022Passed by for the day
02/03/2022Read second time
02/03/2022Amendment by Senator Morrissey withdrawn
02/03/2022Passed by for the day
02/04/2022Read second time
02/04/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB254S1
02/07/2022Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB254S1)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/22/2022Reported from General Laws (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Read second time
02/25/2022Read third time
02/25/2022Passed House (97-Y 1-N)
02/25/2022VOTE: Passage (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB254ER)
03/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB254ER)
03/01/2022Signed by Speaker
03/02/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/05/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 78 (effective 7/1/22)
04/05/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0078)

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