Thank you all for attending our annual Legislative Reception last night. We had a great turn out once again this year. Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting the event.

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.



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.


On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. In its ruling, the court overturned the precedent set in its 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota ruling that prevented states from requiring online and other “remote” sellers to collect their sales tax unless the seller had a physical presence in the state. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that online sellers can be required to collect sales tax, states are preparing to move forward.


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