You can still serve your kids booze, but barely
The Virginia General Assembly has sent the governor a bill that clarifies the law that allows parents to serve alcohol to minors. The law already requires that the parent or guardian of any drinking minor be present., but HB 1293, introduced by Roanoke Republican Bill Cleaveland, stipulates that such drinking must occur in the home of the provider.
Advocates of serving alcohol to minors point to Western Europe, where parents reportedly teach responsible drinking at home and where some nations have no drinking age at all. The United States, by contrast, has one of the highest legal drinking ages in the Western world, based on the theory that drinking and driving go hand-in-hand.
In other alcohol news, Virginia legislators appear to have shot down bills (1, 2, 3) that would have fulfilled the governor's promise to privatize the the state-owned liquor, or ABC, stores. However, the lawmakers did pass a measure that would allow the ABC stores to hold free tastings.