Last week your VRF lobbyists, accompanied by Nancy Thomas of Retail Merchants and local business owners, Andy & Sarah Thornton of LaDiff, attended the National Retail Federation (NRF) Retail Advocates Summit in Washington, D.C.

The VRF team met with the offices of Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner, Congressman Dave Brat, Congressman Morgan Griffith, and Congressman Donald McEachin.

Below you will find the results from yesterday’s primary elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ( We have provided you with the results from the Governor, Lt Governor, and House Primary races in order of District. Based on the below results our Gubernatorial Race will be between Ed Gillespie (R) and Ralph Northam (D) for Governor, and between Jill Vogel (R) and Justin Fairfax (D) for Lt Governor. The general election for Governor, Lt Governor, and House will take place on November 7, 2017.

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Dear Interested Party:

During the 2017 Session, the Virginia General Assembly enacted House Bill 1913 and Senate Bill 1390 (2017 Acts of Assembly, Chapters 112 and 453), which require the possession of a newly created Department-issued exemption certificate to purchase cigarettes bearing Virginia revenue stamps for resale exempt from Retail Sales and Use Tax beginning January 1, 2018.  Taxpayers who meet certain criteria will go through an expedited process with no application fee, waiting period, or background investigation.  Taxpayers qualifying for the expedited process will include: i) taxpayers possessing an active license, in good standing issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcohol; ii) taxpayers possessing an active tobacco products tax distributor's license in good standing, issued by the Department; and iii) such other categories of taxpayers as identified by the Department.

Several new laws, which impact the Retail Industry, came out of the 2017 General Assembly Session. Most of these will go into effect July 1, 2017.

View the list of new laws that impact our members here.