View a summary of action taken on these issues:


ABC | Airbnb | Assignment of Benefits

Background Check | Breach of Payroll Data

Felony Threshold for Larceny | GMO Labeling

Occupational Health and Safety Laws | Tax

 

 

ABC

HB 1528 - Albo - Alcoholic beverage control; tastings conducted by manufacturers, wine and beer wholesalers, reps. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

VRF monitored

HB 2220 - Landes - Alcoholic beverage control; creates a new limited mixed beverage license for retail cigar shops. (H) Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 1-N)

VRF monitored

SB 1108 - Sturtevant - Alcoholic beverage control; creates walking tour permit. (H) Referred to Committee on General Laws

VRF Supports

SB 1216 - DeSteph - Alcoholic beverage control; availability of food when spirits served. (H) Referred to Committee on General Laws

VRF Opposes

SB 1382 - Ebbin - Alcoholic beverage control; applications for retail license. (H) Referred to Committee on General Laws

VRF monitored

SB 1391 - DeSteph - Alcoholic beverage control; new license for certain commercial lifestyle centers. (S) Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

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VRF Monitored

 

 

Airbnb

SB 1578 - Norment - Short-term rental; registration of persons offering property for rental. (S) Committee substitute printed 17105130D-S1

VRF Supports

 

 

Assignment of Benefits

HB 1813 - Leftwich - Health insurance; assignment of benefits. (H) Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 7-N)

VRF Opposes


 

Background Check

SB 1044 - Obenshain - Secure remote access to nonconfidential court records; date of birth verification. (S) Reported from Senate Finance

VRF Supports


 

Breach of Payroll Data

HB 2113 - Keam - Breach of payroll data; notification requirement. (H) VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N)

VRF Monitored

SB 1033 - Howell - Breach of payroll data; notification requirement. (H) Referred to Committee on Finance

VRF Monitored


 

Felony Threshold for Larceny

HB 1704 - Filler-Corn - Grand larceny and certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

VRF Opposed

 

 

GMO Labeling

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

VRF Opposed


 

Occupational Health and Safety Laws

HB 1883 - Kilgore - Occupational health and safety laws; increases maximum amount of civil penalties. (S) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

VRF Monitored

SB 1542 - Saslaw Occupational health and safety laws; increases maximum amount of civil penalties. (S) Read second time and engrossed

VRF Monitored


 

Tax

HB 2058 - Watts - Sales and use tax; nexus for out-of-state businesses. (H) VOTE: PASSAGE (73-Y 21-N)

VRF Supports

HB 1501 - Davis - Virginia Retail Sales and Use Tax Act. (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table. With a letter to the small business commission.

HB 1503 - Davis - Membership in Multistate Tax Commission.
(H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

HB 1890 - Hugo - Sales and use tax; collection of taxes from consuming contractors.

VRF Supports

SB 1018 - Barker - Temporary exemption periods from retail sales and use taxes for qualifying items; sunset dates. (S) Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

VRF Supports

SB 1308 - McDougle - Sales and use tax; collection of taxes from consuming contractors. (H) Referred to Committee on Finance.

VRF Supports

SB 1336 - Surovell - Sales and use tax; school supplies and hurricane preparedness sales tax holidays. (S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (11-Y 5-N)

VRF Monitored

SB 1544 - Norment - Food and beverage tax; York County authorized to impose. (S) Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (6-Y 10-N)

VRF Opposed

Mark your calendars for the VRF Silent Auction & Picnic, raising funds and support for the VRF Political Action Committee (PAC).

 

May 24 | 4:00 - 7:00 pm | Retail Merchants (Richmond, VA)

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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.

We continue to ask that members take action in regard to supporting Senator Hanger’s SB 962 and Delegate Watts’ HB 2058.


VOICE SUPPORT

Reach out to members of these committees and state your support:

SB 962 to Senate Finance Committee Members

HB 2058 to House Finance Committee Members

 

ABOUT SB 962 and HB 2058

Both seek to level the playing filed by establishing a nexus to Virginia if inventory is stored within the Commonwealth. Thus, if out-of-state retailers store inventory within the Commonwealth, they are required to collect sales and use tax on sales to customers within Virginia.


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.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON THESE ITEMS:

Franchisees

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

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

*VRF Supports

ABC

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

Payment

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

Identification

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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