We just completed another successful week for the Retail Industry in the 2018 General Assembly Session. Several issues, which impact retail, were heard in both the House and the Senate. These include legislation to tax plastic bags, increase the meals tax in counties, codify the relationship between the Franchisee and Franchisor, and to eliminate the three strikes rule for petit larceny.
The first few days of the 2018 General Assembly Session has been a whirlwind with a flurry of activity.
This weekend was the Inauguration for Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring. In addition to the Inauguration, 17 new Delegates were sworn in last week and the new Speaker of the House, Kirk Cox, was elected. The House is now organized, and committee assignments have been made, view here.