The House of Delegates passed my bill SB 1292 today, 78 to 18. This permits restaurants the option to allow patrons to bring their own bottle of wine. The restaurant could then charge a corkage fee for their service. This bill is a great example of reducing the government's involvement in small businesses, and increasing our personal freedoms.
We've put Virginia in line with other strong wine production states like California, Washington, Oregon, New York and Texas. Plus helping areas like Northern Virginia and the Carolina border, where restaurants have been at a competitive disadvantage to competitors in DC and North Carolina. Also, restaurants without a private room, where it is currently allowed, will no longer have an unfair advantage. This change is not a mandate, simply the state putting the choice back in the hands of the business owner; letting them decide if they would like to allow corkage or not.
This is a fun bill compared to the other important legislation we have been considering, however I think it's good bill for our citizens, our restaurants, and Virginia wineries!
Jeffrey L. McWaters
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Senator Jeffrey L. McWaters
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