VRF opposes any industry-specific taxes, particularly those that target the retail sector. The City of Richmond recently proposed and approved a 1.5% increase to the meals tax (the city does not require a referendum as the counties do) as well as a recent consideration to implement a Cigarette Tax. 

Yesterday was Crossover, meaning all legislation that passed out of the body of origin will now be heard in the opposite body. In other words, legislation that has passed the House will now be heard in the Senate and all legislation that has passed the Senate will now be heard in the House. We still have a few pieces of legislation that we will be working on after crossover, as well as budget amendments we are supporting.

However, we can say that this has been a very successful session as of Crossover. Please see below for a brief review of the status of some of our major issues from this session.

 

VRF is tracking these bills to proactively represent and support the legislative interests of Virginia retailers on the local, State, and Federal levels.

VRF is tracking these bills to proactively represent and support the legislative interests of Virginia retailers on the local, State, and Federal levels.

We just completed our fourth week of the 2018 session. This week there were several issues heard within the committee that impact the retail industry. These issues include product bans and tax issues.