Governor McAuliffe vetoes bill permitting sale of high-proof grain alcohol

terry mcauliffeOn Monday evening Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation that would have allowed the sale of high-proof class 1 neutral grain alcohol in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The governor’s decision to veto the legislation stems from his concern, and those expressed by educators and health professionals, about the impact the sale of these inexpensive and flavor- and aroma-neutral products would have on underage drinking and binge drinking on college campuses.

The governor also issued a letter to the Secretaries of Health and Human Resources, Education and Public Safety and Homeland Security, directing them to develop recommendations on how Virginia could sell these products responsibly, without increasing dangerous underage or binge drinking.

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