24 Feb Virginia: Ask Your Senator to Vote for HB 1541
Thanks to your outreach, House Bill 1541 passed the Virginia Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee by a 8 to 6 vote yesterday. The fight is not over!House Bill 1541 will advance to the full Senate for consideration as early as Wednesday. Opponents of House Bill 1541 are trying to kill our bill. Your outreach is needed to demonstrate that a mixed beverage retail cigar shop license will help local businesses. Here is how you can help:
2) Send the following text to your customer list encouraging them to take action: “Your participation is needed to help Virginia tobacconists! House Bill 1541 establishes a mixed beverage retail cigar shop license for qualified tobacconists to provide free alcoholic beverages to customers at a limited number of events per year. This important legislation passed the House of Delegates and is pending in the Senate. The Senate could vote as early as this Wednesday to determine the fate of House Bill 1541. As a customer, your outreach is critical to the success of our efforts. CLICK HERE to email your Senator in support of House Bill 1541.”
3) Use the script below to call your Senator and request support for House Bill 1541. Ask your customers to do the same. CLICK HERE to identify your Senator and view contact information.
Script: Hello Senator, I am calling to ask for your support for House Bill 1541. This legislation is important for local small businesses. Currently tobacconists apply for one license per pairing event, but this legislation would allow tobacconists to apply for one mixed beverage retail cigar shop license per year that is valid for 18 events. House Bill 1541 simply cuts down on paperwork for small business owners. Thank you for your time.