Legislation allowing for the sale of mixed drinks on two properties near Interstate 81 in Montgomery County is on the way to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk.
The House of Delegates today passed Senate Bill 849, which would allow the state to issue mixed beverage licenses for properties at Exit 128 at Ironto and Exit 109 outside of Radford, where the county hopes to attract restaurants. In Montgomery County, only the incorporated towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg now can sell liquor by the drink.
Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, sponsored the bill, which sailed through the Senate last month and passed the House today by a vote of 77-17.
An identical bill (House Bill 1449) sponsored by Del. Joseph Yost, R-Blacksburg, also has passed the House and has been sent to the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services.
– Michael Sluss