This is the third full week of the 2017 General Assembly Session. Your lobbying team worked hard to make sure the outcome of each of the issues below, was positive for the retail industry.

 

Actions taken on these issues, potentially impacting your business:

Minimum WagePayment Method | Tax Exemption | Background Check

ABC | SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) | Product Safety

Cigarette Exemption Certificate | Recycling

School Calendar | Felony Threshold for Larceny | Payroll Breach

Employment | Food Labeling | Accelerated Sales Tax

 

 

MINIMUM WAGE

HB 1444 - Rasoul - Minimum wage; increases minimum wage from its current federally mandated level. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

VRF Opposed

HB 1771 - Plum - Minimum wage. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

VRF Opposed

HB 2309 - Simon - Minimum wage; increases wage to $11 per hour effective July 1, 2017. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

VRF Opposed


PAYMENT METHOD

HB 1445 - Ward - Wages and salaries; eliminates payment by prepaid cards, etc., without employee's consent. (H) Tabled in Commerce and Labor

VRF Opposed


TAX EXEMPTION

HB 1529 - Ward - Temporary exemption periods from retail sales and use taxes for qualifying items; sunset dates. (H) VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)

VRF Supports

HB 1890 - Hugo - Sales and use tax; collection of taxes from consuming contractors. (H) Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)

VRF Supports

SB 1308 - McDougle - Sales and use tax; collection of taxes from consuming contractors. (S) Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

VRF Supports

HB 2058 - Watts - Sales and use tax; nexus for out-of-state businesses. (H) Passed out of Finance (15-Y 3-N)

VRF Supports

SB 962 - Hanger - Sales and use tax; nexus for out-of-state businesses.
(S) Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

 

BACKGROUND CHECK

HB 1713 - Minchew - Nonconfidential court records; electronic access for date of birth verification. (H) VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)

VRF Supported


ABC

HB 1801 - Knight - Alcoholic beverage control; delivery privileges of persons holding a wine and beer license. (S) Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

VRF Supported

 

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

HB 2305 - Orrock - SHHR; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table.

VRF Opposed

SB 1482 - Sturtevant - SHHR; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (S) Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services (Laid on the table)

VRF Opposed

 

PRODUCT SAFETY

HB 1861 - Lopez - Product safety; flame retardants, penalty. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

VRF Opposed

 

CIGARETTE EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE

HB 1913 - Anderson - Cigarettes; purchase for resale, issuance of a cigarette exemption certificate, penalties. (H) VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 2-N 1-A)

VRF is Neutral

SB 1390 - Howell - Cigarettes; purchase for resale, penalties. (S) Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1390S1

VRF is Neutral

 

RECYCLING

SB 1518 - Lewis - Recycling; beneficial use. (S) Passed by indefinitely in Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources with letter (15-Y 0-N)

VRF Supported

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

HB 1983 - Greason - School calendar; opening day of school year. (H) VOTE: PASSAGE (75-Y 24-N)

VRF Opposed

SB 1111 - Edwards - School calendar; adds to "good cause" circumstances for waiver of school opening. (S) Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 7-N)

VRF Opposed

 

FELONY THRESHOLD FOR LARCENY

SB 816 - Surovell - Grand larceny & certain property crimes (S) Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)

VRF Opposed

HB 1704 - Filler-Corn - Grand larceny and certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc. (H) Laid on the Table in Courts Criminal Law Subcommittee (7-Y 4-N)

VRF Opposed

 

PAYROLL BREACH

HB 2113 - Keam - Notification requirement; breach of payroll data. (H) Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)

VRF Monitored

SB 1033 - Howell - Notification requirement; breach of payroll data. (S) Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

VRF Monitored

 

EMPLOYMENT

HB 2202 - Torian - Employment; abusive work environment. (H) Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

VRF Opposed

HB 2283 - Krizek - Wages; cause of action against an employer for nonpayment. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

VRF Opposed

 

FOOD LABELING

HB 2349 - Marshall, R.G. - Bioengineered foods; labeling certain products containing GMO, etc. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table.

VRF Opposed

 

ACCELERATED SALES TAX

VRF will continue to oppose the changes in the Accelerated Sales Tax threshold as seen in the Governor’s proposed budget. We would like to see the threshold unwind to $10 million in 2017 and $25 million in 2018.