The past week was an eventful week for the retail industry at the Virginia Capitol.
Our top priority, Sales Tax Fairness, was passed out of both Senate Finance and House Finance Committees. Both SB 1083 and HB 1722 were passed out of committee with a substitute. The bills differ from one another in a few ways, but the main difference is that SB 1083 has a delayed enactment date of January 1, 2020.
We wrapped up our first full week of the 2019 General Assembly and it has been successful for the retail industry thus far. We were able to defeat several bills in both the House and the Senate that would have implemented a tax on Plastic and Paper Bags. There is still a bill that would allow localities to implement a ban on single-use plastics, which encompasses much more than just plastic bags. This piece of legislation will be heard in Counties, Cities and Towns Committee in the coming weeks.
YOUR VOICE WAS HEARD
Come meet and network with Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, and your state legislative representatives. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard by decision-makers in the Commonwealth. Make sure to arrive by 5:30 pm so as not to miss out on your opportunity to hear from Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, and Lieutenant Governor Fairfax.
This week marks the first full week of the 2019 General Assembly Session. This year is a short session, so it will be extremely fast paced. Crossover is February 6th, which means all legislation must be through its body of origin by that date. The Session is scheduled to wrap up Saturday, February 23rd.