Below is a list of a few of the bills that passed in the 2022 General Assembly Session that will become effective as of Friday, July 1st.
The 2022 General Assembly Session adjourned Sine Die, Saturday, March 12th. However, they adopted HJ 455 which allowed any legislation still in Conference to be carried over to a 2022 Special Session. The biggest legislation that is included in this group is the Budget. We are still waiting for the Governor to set the date for the pending Special Session, and once that is determined, we will inform members.
The 2022 General Assembly Session is beginning to wind down. They are scheduled to adjourn Sine Die Saturday, March 12th. Below you will find a summary of issues that have seen action in the last week.
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House Commerce and Energy Subcommittee #4 laid the bill on the table and the Chairs of House Commerce and Energy, Senate Commerce and Labor, House General Laws, and Senate General Laws are going to send a letter to the Office of the Attorney General to conduct a workgroup in the off-season on this issue, with a report back to the Legislature. This workgroup will consist of industry experts from both brick and mortar and online marketplaces, as well as law enforcement professionals.
The Senate and the House have differing versions of this legislation and the issue will end up in conference and be worked out over the coming week.
SB 494 - McClellan - Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment; definition of employer. House General Laws Subcommittee recommends reporting and referring to House Commerce and Energy Committee (7-Y 1-N)
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Both the House and the Senate released committee-approved amendments to the introduced budgets over the weekend. Any differences between the two will have to be worked out in Conference Committee over the coming weeks.
Below is a summary of a few of the key budget-related issues to the retail industry. You can find the full list of both Senate and House Committee Approved Amendments to the introduced Budget here.
Accelerated Sales Tax (AST)
The House budget includes an amendment that eliminates AST in the fiscal year 2022. The Senate budget did not include this amendment, so it still eliminates AST in the fiscal year 2023. (Item 3-5.06 #1h)
Unemployment Insurance Fund
The House budget includes an amendment that deposits $180.0 million of remaining federal American Rescue Plan Act funds into the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund in order to eliminate the fund builder UI tax for all employers in tax year 2023. (Item 479.20 #2h)
The House also included an amendment that instructs the VEC to exclude the Unemployment Insurance fund builder tax from an Employer’s 2023 UI Tax rate. (Item 370 #1h)
The Senate included an amendment that ensures that the Unemployment Trust Fund’s fund building rate shall be set for Calendar Year 2023 at a rate not to exceed the rate in effect for Calendar Year 2020. (Item 370 #7s)
There is an amendment in the House budget to use ARPA funds to make a deposit into Rebuild Virginia which is anticipated to fund all remaining eligible applications that were submitted prior to November of 2020. However this was not found in the Senate budget, so it will need to be worked out in conference if this remains in the final budget adopted by both Bodies. (Item 479.20 #1h)
Both the House and the Senate included amendments to delay the prohibition on the use of polystyrene containers by 5 years, until July 1, 2030. (Item 377 #1h and Item 377#1s)
Both the House and the Senate introduced amendments on this issue. The House amendment completely eliminates the grocery tax (Item 4-14 #3h), and the Senate amendment eliminates only the State portion (1.5%) of the grocery tax (Item 4-14 #1s).
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