April 15, 2020

 

Below is Summary of Governor Northam’s Actions on Bills from our 2020 Session Wrap-Up:

 

Minimum Wage:

HB 395 Minimum Wage Increase – Governor’s Amendment delays effective date to 5-1-2021

SB 7 Minimum Wage Increase – Governor’s Amendment delays effective date to 5-1-2021

 

Felony Threshold for Larceny:

HB 995 Grand larceny; increases threshold amount – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 788 Grand larceny; increases threshold amount – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

 

Shopping Carts:

SB 631 Abandoned and stolen shopping carts; local regulation – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

 

Plastic Bag Tax:

HB 534 Disposable plastic bag; local tax – Signed by Governor and effective 1-1-21

SB 11 Disposable plastic bag; local tax – Signed by Governor and effective 1-1-21

 

Worker’s Compensation:

HB 46 Workers' compensation; employer to notify employee of intent – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 55 Worker cooperatives; established as a category of cooperative associations – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 617 Workers' compensation; repetitive motion injuries – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

 

Employer Mandates/Private Cause of Action:

HB 108 Legal holidays; Election Day – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 330 Employment; covenants not to compete, low-wage employees, civil penalty – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 622 Limiting employees' sharing of wage information; prohibited, civil penalty – Amended by Governor

HB 624 Human Rights, Division of; requirements for equal pay irrespective of sex – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 689 Wage payment statements; statement of earnings – Signed by Governor and effective 3-10-20

HB 798 Employment; prohibited retaliatory action – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 827 Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1049 Prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1147 Epinephrine required in certain public places – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 480 Employment; covenants not to compete, definition of low-wage employees, civil penalty Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 530 Possession and administration of epinephrine; restaurant employee – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 548 Unemployment compensation – Amended by Governor

SB 601 Legal holidays; Election Day – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 712 Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 868 Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, etc., causes of action – Signed by Governor and  effective 7-1-20

 

Environmental Issues:

HB 533 Expanded polystyrene food service containers; prohibition on dispensing, civil penalty – Signed by Governor, but must be re-enacted during 2021 Session

HB 1154 Litter taxes; increases annual amount of tax – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1354 Plastic Pollution Prevention Advisory Council; established – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 590 Advanced recycling; incentives in income tax, sales tax, and machinery and tools tax – Signed by Governor

 

Tax Issues:

HB 486 Henry and Pittsylvania Counties and City of Danville; additional sales and use tax – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 785 Local taxing authority – Amended by Governor

HB 888 Sales tax exemption; gun safes – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1262 Transient occupancy tax; certain counties – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 107 Transient occupancy tax; removes July 1, 2021, sunset date from Arlington County, etc – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 224 Gloucester County; additional sales and use tax, appropriations to incorporated towns – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 268 Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for certain gun safes – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 588 Tax authority of localities; parity between cities and counties – Amended by Governor

SB 943 Mecklenburg County; additional sales and use tax, appropriations to incorporated towns – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

 

Nonpayment of Wages/ Worker Misclassification:

HB 123 Nonpayment of wage; private action, liability for payment of wages due under construction contracts – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 336 Nonpayment of wages; investigations – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 337 Nonpayment of wages; discriminatory actions prohibited – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 984 Misclassification of workers; cause of action – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1199 Employee misclassification; retaliatory actions prohibited, civil penalty – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1407 Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate –

Signed by Governor and effective 1-1-21

SB 49 Nonpayment of wages; investigations – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 429 Child support; withholding from income of an independent contractor – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 662 Employee misclassification; retaliatory actions prohibited, civil penalty – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 744 Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate – Signed by Governor and effective 1-1-20

SB 838 Nonpayment of wages; private action; liability for payment of wages due – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 894 Misclassification of workers; cause of action – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

 

Energy:

HB 868 Electric utilities; right to shop – Signed by Governor, but must be re-enacted in 2021 Session

HB 889 Electric utilities; retail competition – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1526 Virginia Clean Economy Act – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1664 Electric utilities; offshore wind development, facilities located in federal waters – Amended by Governor

SB 94 Virginia Energy Plan; relating to the Commonwealth Energy Policy – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 851 Electric utility regulation; environmental goals – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 860 Electric utilities; offshore wind development – Amended by Governor

SB 998 Offshore wind generation facilities; development of facilities – Amended by Governor

 

ABC:

HB 390 Alcoholic beverage control; license and fee reform – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 923 Alcoholic beverage control; possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by interdicted persons – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

HB 1088 Alcoholic beverage control; walking tour permit – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 181 Alcoholic beverage control; commercial lifestyle center – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 389 Alcoholic beverage control; license and fee reform – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 395 Alcoholic beverage control; residency requirement for licensure – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 497 Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage restaurant license; mini bottles – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

SB 833 Alcoholic beverage control; cocktail supply shop license – Signed by Governor and effective 7-1-20

 

Labeling:

HB 119 Milk; definition, misbranding product, prohibition – Vetoed by Governor