March 5, 2008 07:00 PM

Washington, DC – Virginia Governor Tim Kaine announced yesterday he signed into law legislation expanding Sunday spirits sales to cities with populations of 100,000 or more, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.  The law takes effect July 1, 2008.

While legislation passed in 2004 permitted Sunday sales in Northern Virginia, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, this bill will expand Sunday sales in Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Richmond and Chesapeake.

"More Virginians will now have the added convenience of buying their spirits products when it fits into their schedules, which for most working adults includes Sunday," said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, whose organization lobbied in support of the legislation.  "This is an important step towards modernizing Virginia’s alcohol laws in this, the 75th anniversary of Prohibition repeal." (Dec. 5)

Cressy stated that a recent economic analysis showed Virginia gained $8.7 million in new revenue from Sunday sales in 2006 alone, which translated into $2.8 million in net profit and taxes for the state liquor system.   

The legislation signed by the governor was sponsored by Delegate Tom Gear (R-Hampton).

Virginia is one of 12 states since 2002 that has modernized its liquor laws by passing legislation allowing Sunday sales—bringing the total number of states that currently allow Sunday spirits sales to thirty-four. 

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