THANK YOU

Many thanks to VRF members who joined us for the annual VRF Legislative Reception this week at the Hilton Downtown Richmond. We enjoyed the wonderful hospitality provided by John Cario, General Manager of the Hilton Downtown Richmond and welcomed many legislators and State officials, including Governor McAuliffe and First Lady Mrs. McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam, and Speaker Howell. We were able to share the significant issues of importance to our retail industry.



GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPDATE

We are still hard at work each day at the General Assembly. So far, 2,200 pieces of legislation have been introduced and VRF is tracking many bills which impact our retail members. Most legislation is still in the process of being referred to committees and are still pending action.

Major legislation VRF is following:

A significant budget item provided by Governor McAuliffe to provide relief for the Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) requirement. The Governor's budget proposal includes an increase to the threshold to pay the AST from $2.5 million to $10 million. The second year of his biennial budget will again raise the AST threshold up to $25 million. Great news for retailers.

Efforts to increase the current larceny threshold of $200 to possibly $500 or higher. We anticipate the House bills to be considered on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in the House Courts of Justice Committee.

Efforts to increase the required minimum wage.

Workers Compensation issues.

Transportation initiatives.

Employment issues.

Alcoholic Beverage Control legislation.

Taxes.


To review all of the bills VRF is tracking and their status, click here.

We are proud to present the list officials who have RSVP'd thus far to our Legislative Reception on January 18th. These government officials have set this time, during the busy General Assembly, to hear what's important to your business.


Commonwealth of Virginia


Governor Terry R. McAuliffe scheduled to attend.

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam is scheduled to attend.

The Honorable William HowellSpeaker of the House
Mr. Paul Reagan Virginia Office Of the Governor
Ms. Suzette Denslow Virginia Office Of the Governor
The Honorable Nancy Rodrigues Virginia Office Of the Secretary
Of Administration
The Honorable Levar Stoney Virginia Office Of the Secretary
Of the Commonwealth
The Honorable Brian MoranSecretary of Public Safety
and Homeland Security
The Honorable Karen JacksonVirginia Office of the Secretary
of Technology
Mr. Chris McDonald Virginia Office Of the Secretary
Of Commerce and Trade
Mr. Michael Phillips Virginia Clean Cities (STIR)



On Behalf of Senator Mark Warner

Eldon BurtonOutreach Representative
Sam Louis TaylorOutreach Representative
Keyanna ConnerDirector of Government and Community Affairs



Virginia Senate

Senator Frank Wagner7th Senatorial District
Senator Siobhan Dunnavant12th Senatorial District
Senator John Cosgrove14th Senatorial District
Senator Frank Ruff15th Senatorial District
Senator Rosalyn Dance16th Senatorial District
Senator John Edwards21st Senatorial District
Senator Thomas Garrett22nd Senatorial District
Senator Scott Surovell36th Senatorial District



Virginia House of Delegates

Delegate Terry KilgoreHouse District 1
Delegate Israel O'QuinnHouse District 5
Delegate Charles PoindexterHouse District 9
Delegate Randy MinchewHouse District 10
Delegate Sam RasoulHouse District 11
Delegate Robert MarshallHouse District 13
Delegate Ron VillanuevaHouse District 21
Delegate Tony WiltHouse District 26
Delegate Christopher CollinsHouse District 29
Delegate Nick FreitasHouse District 30
Delegate Kathleen MurphyHouse District 34
Delegate Kenneth PlumHouse District 36
Delegate Vivian WattsHouse District 39
Delegate Eileen Filler-CornHouse District 41
Delegate Mark SicklesHouse District 43
Delegate Alfonso LopezHouse District 49
Delegate Luke TorianHouse District 52
Delegate Marcus SimonHouse District 53
Delegate Hyland "Buddy" FowlerHouse District 55
Delegate Peter FarrellHouse District 56
Delegate David ToscanoHouse District 57
Delegate James EdmundsHouse District 60
Delegate Riley IngramHouse District 62
Delegate Rick MorrisHouse District 64
Delegate Betsy CarrHouse District 69
Delegate Delores McQuinnHouse District 70
Delegate Lamont BagbyHouse District 74
Delegate Barry KnightHouse District 81
Delegate John BellHouse District 87
Delegate Monty MasonHouse District 93
Delegate Robert Bloxom, Jr.House District 100



Legislative Reception Photos

Allison Bridges, Owner & CEO of Shine Blowdry Bar, speaking with Mary Huffard Kegley, VRF Lobbyist.

Legislative Reception photo 2

Attorney General Mark Herring speaking with VRF members.

Legislative Reception photo 3

Sponsors & VRF members discussing important legislative opportunities.

Legislative Reception Photo 5

View all of the 2015 Legislative Reception Photos, click here.



Event Sponsors



Capitol Sponsor Dominion

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Gold Sponsor Walmart Logo

Silver Sponsor target-logo

Silver Sponsor Puritan Cleaners

Rotunda Sponsor Walgreens Co.

Bell Tower Sponsor Franco's Fine Clothier

Sign Sponsor SignScapes, Inc.

Friends of the VRF PAC Ruffin & Payne, Inc.
InfoTel Systems Inc.
Ball Office Products
Richmond Window Corp.
Good Foods Grocery


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gretchen Nurnberger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

January 18th is our Annual Legislative Reception. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who make this event possible, giving our members an opportunity to meet & greet with their Legislators.

Thanks to our sponsors:


Capitol Sponsor Dominion

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Gold Sponsor Walmart Logo

Silver Sponsor target-logo

Silver Sponsor Puritan Cleaners

Rotunda Sponsor Walgreens Co.

Bell Tower Sponsor Franco's Fine Clothier

Sign Sponsor SignScapes, Inc.

Friends of the VRF PAC Ruffin & Payne, Inc.
InfoTel Systems Inc.
Ball Office Products
Richmond Window Corp.
Good Foods Grocery


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gretchen Nurnberger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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11 days till the Annual Legislative Reception.

This event gives the opportunity to have face time with members of both chambers, the Governor, Attorney General, and the Speaker of the House. With the General Assembly starting on January 13th, you'll have the chance to talk with your officials about upcoming issues that could impact the retail industry.

January 18, 2015 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Hilton Richmond Downtown | 501 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219
$25 Members; $40 Non-Members



Online Registration Closed
*Walk-ins welcome.




Event Sponsors



Capitol Sponsor Dominion

Host Sponsor alt

Gold Sponsor Walmart Logo
 
Silver Sponsor target-logo

Silver Sponsor Puritan Cleaners

 
Rotunda Sponsor Walgreens Co.

Bell Tower Sponsor Franco's Fine Clothier
 
Sponsor Title SignScapes, Inc.
 
Friends of the VRF PAC Ruffin & Payne, Inc.
InfoTel Systems Inc.
Ball Office Products
Richmond Window Corp.
Good Foods Grocery


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gretchen Nurnberger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..