Virginia Passes Legislation to Phase Out Dry Counties


Virginia is one of a handful of states that continues to have “dry countries” within its borders, but that could be changing soon. Although beer and wine sales are legal throughout the state, 9 counties—mostly clustered in Southwest Virginia—continued to fully ban liquor. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, Virginia has now passed legislation making the whole state “wet” (unless countries specifically opt-out):

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today signed into law SB 1110, which makes the entire state “wet” but allows localities to opt-out of alcohol sales by referendum, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

The new law applies to 31 counties that are “dry” or “partially dry.” The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2020 but allows localities to hold anticipatory referendums beginning July 1, 2019…

See the full statement here.