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Senate Approves a Fresh Look at Food to Liquor Sales Ratio for Restaurants

A bill that would establish a pilot program to determine the appropriate balance between food and liquor sales at restaurants has passed the Senate.

Virginia has long resisted allowing traditional bars to operate in the Commonwealth, requiring that no more than 45% of a restaurants’ sales come from hard liquor.

The pilot program in the proposed bill would allow restaurant owners to meet that percentage based on the wholesale cost instead of the price charged to the consumer.

Republican Senator Frank Wagner spoke in favor of the bill.

Miller Invokes Harvey Family to Gain House Passage of Electric Chair Bill

On Wednesday (2/10) Republican Delegate Jackson Miller of Manassas spent over 15 minutes describing in graphic detail the violent murders of the Harvey and Tucker families while making the case for his bill to expand the use of the electric chair in Virginia.

Ricky Gray is scheduled to be put to death on March 16th for the 2006 murders, but the Commonwealth currently doesn’t have the drugs to perform the execution. Delegate Miller’s bill would make the electric chair the default method of execution if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

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