On July 1, 2006, several new laws aimed at curbing underage drinking take effect in Virginia. House Bill 1208 This bill, sponsored by Delagate Brian Moran, D-Alexandria, would require that a person must be 21 years old or older or to be accompanied by his parent, guardian, or spouse in order to be served alcohol in another person's home. Governor Kaine signed the legislation, which is effective July 1, 2006.
House Bill 1210 This bill, sponsored by Delagate Brian Moran, D-Alexandria, would require that underage drinkers who purchase or possess alcohol or people who purchase alcohol for underage drinkers, would have a mandatory six month suspension of their driver's license. It has passed the House and the Senate. HB 114 is incorporated in the bill. Governor Kaine signed the bill which is effective July 1, 2006.
Senate Bill 396 This bill prohibits people from serving alcoholic beverages to underage guests in their homes. The measure is aimed at curbing underage drinking at high school graduation parties and fraternity keg parties. The bill, sponsored by Senator Ryan McDougle, makes an exception for adults serving alcohol to their children or to underage guests accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse over 21. Governor Kaine signed the legislation which is effective in July 1, 2006.
Benjamin W. Glass, III & Associates fully supports the efforts to cut down on underage drinking. Parents should be advised that is is now a clear (and more easily proven) offense to host a beer party (or for that matter to turn a blind eye to one) in their homes.