We are entering our second full week of the 2017 General Assembly. Last week was a very busy week for the retail industry.


ACCELERATED SALES TAX - Action Alert Coming Soon

VRF continues 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. Please watch for an Action Alert on this issue in the near future.




HB 1394 - Head - Franchisees; status thereof and its employees as employees of the franchisor.

(H) VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 31-N)

*VRF Supports


HB 1801 - Knight - Alcoholic beverage control; delivery privileges of persons holding a wine and beer license.

(H) Reported form General Laws with amendments (17-Y 5-N)

*VRF Supports

Background Check

HB 1713 - Minchew - Secure remote access to nonconfidential court records; date of birth verification.

(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)

*VRF Supports

Sales Tax Holiday

HB 1529 - Ward - Temporary exemption periods from retail sales and use taxes for qualifying items; sunset dates.

(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)

*VRF Supports

Minimum Wage

SB 978 - Dance - Minimum wage

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 2-N 1-A)

*VRF Opposed

SB 785 - Marsden - Minimum wage; increases wage from its current level to $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2017.

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 3-N)

*VRF Opposed

Paid Family Leave

SB 847 - Favola - Paid family leave; Commissioner of Labor and Industry to develop an implementation plan for program.

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (14-Y 0-N)

*VRF Opposed

Plastic Bag Tax

SB 925 - Petersen - Plastic bag tax in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (10-Y 4-N)

*VRF Opposed

Mandates on Signage

HB 2266 - Filler-Corn - Retail establishments and restaurants; posting of signs relating to firearms policy.

(H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (suspend indefinitely)

*VRF Opposed


HB 1445 - Ward -Wages and salaries; eliminates payment by prepaid cards, etc., without employee's consent.

(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)

*VRF Opposes


HB 2229 - Villanueva - Electronic Credentials Act; creates standards for DMV in issuing, reviewing, etc., report.

(H) Sub-committee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 0-N)

*VRF is monitoring closely and will be a part of the working group that is established.


Felony Threshold for Larceny

SB 816 - Surovell - Grand larceny & certain property crimes

SB 923 - Petersen - Grand larceny; threshold.

These two bills were rolled into each other with a $500 threshold and reported out of full committee. We fully expect for this to be defeated in House Courts, Criminal Law Subcommittee.

*VRF Opposes


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