VETO SESSION

The 2016 Virginia General Assembly reconvened this Wednesday, April 20, 2016, to review Governor McAuliffe’s proposed amendments and vetoes to legislation from this year’s session.

IMPACTING RETAILERS

House Bill 18

The veto was sustained for Governor McAuliffe’s veto House Bill 18 (HB 18), which allowed local franchisees to maintain management of their employees, rather than turn that control over to the corporate franchisor.

VRF supported HB 18, proposing that the bill supports the best interest of retailers by continuing to allow individual operations to make decisions regarding their employees’ needs and their right as the owner of the franchise to hire or fire their own employees. Governor McAuliffe provided the explanation that the bill would undermine business by exempting franchisors from their obligations to Virginia business.

Budget

During the Veto Session, VRF was successful in removing the Governor’s proposed budget increase, that would have allowed increased audits and investigations on misclassified workers, youth employment inspections, and wage payment claims. It also would have allowed increases in order to issue citations for potential Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program violations.

VRF opposed these budget increases because of that added regulations, inspections, requirements, and burden for small businesses.

 

VRF SILENT AUCTIONS

Please consider a donation for our silent auctions, as they provide the VRF Political Action Committee the opportunity to share the retail message with our decision-makers.

Retail Merchants Association | Richmond, VA | May 11

Retail Alliance | Norfolk, VA | December 8

ANNUAL RETAIL ADVOCATES SUMMIT (Washington, D.C., May 24-25)

The Retail Advocates Summit rallies retailers of all sizes, national and local brands, to Washington to advocate for issues that are critical to a thriving retail industry.

Please consider joining the VRF team, Retail Merchants Association members, and Retail Alliance members we take the retail message to our representatives in the US Congress and the US Senate.

Details are available on the NRF website: https://nrf.com/events/retail-advocates-summit-2016

 

The 2016 Virginia General Assembly adjourned this past Friday evening March 11th, one day ahead of schedule, for the second year in a row. Virginia Retail Federation’s team was present the entire Session to ensure retail’s business positions were represented. The 60-day session included over 3,200 pieces of legislation, with over 100 pieces potentially impacting retailers. The session also included Virginia’s 2-year budget.


THE BUDGET


The budget proposal included many issues of significance:

· education initiatives
· strategic investments in economic development
· healthcare proposals


The most significant for Virginia retailers is the Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) threshold.
VRF worked diligently with Governor McAuliffe’s administration in 2015 to increase the threshold for AST from the current $2.5 million, to $10 million in 2017, and $25 million in 2018. At the end of the day, both chambers supported the AST language and left it in the budget.


Finally, the budget proposed a provision for businesses in 2014 with income of $50 million, or more, in and out of Virginia, to be required to submit tax information using the market-based sourcing model. This model collects the tax in the state where the customer receives the service benefit, rather than in the state that a service is performed. Failure to file this information by June 1, 2016, included a $5,000 penalty. VRF worked with budget conferees to remove this item from the budget, protecting retailers.


THE BILLS

The outcome of over 100 bills was favorable for retailers, including:

· Felony Larceny Threshold
· Minimum Wage Increase
· Plastic Bag Ban / Tax
· Paid Sick Leave
· School Calendar
· Gift Certificates
· View all the bills here.

 

Throughout the session, VRF was successful in sharing the retail message with legislators and the importance of the retail impact on the economy, community, and employment.

The Virginia Retail Federation worked diligently during the 2016 General Assembly to proactively represent and support the legislative interests of Virginia retailers.

Here are the bills that were tracked on retailers' behalf.

 

Bills

Committee

Last action

Date

HB 4 - Bell, Richard P. - Constitutional amendment; right to work (submitting to qualified voters).

(H) Committee on Privileges and Elections


(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0012)

02/24/16

HB 7 - Simon - Sick leave; certain private employers to provide employees with paid benefits.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 11 - Cole - Gift certificates; prohibited practices by merchant issuing certificate issued in the Commonwealth.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 18 - Head - Franchisees; status thereof and its employees as employees of the franchisor.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor


(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Signed by President

03/04/16

HB 21 - Farrell - Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for certain nonprofit veteran entities.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 23 - Farrell - Fuels tax; refunds of taxes to certain nonprofit entities.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 34 (effective 7/1/16)

02/26/16

HB 33 - Farrell - Small businesses; parental leave tax credit.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 44 - Habeeb - Workers' compensation; injuries or deaths presumed to be in course of employment.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor


(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(G) Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016

03/04/16

HB 58 - Byron - Health benefit plans; large and small employers.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor


(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0001)

01/26/16

HB 62 - Morris - Milk production; exemptions from certain requirements.

(H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

(H) Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

02/16/16

HB 63 - Lingamfelter - Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for certain nonprofit entities.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(G) Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016

03/07/16

HB 72 - O'Bannon - Health benefit plans; large and small employers.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Tabled in Commerce and Labor

01/14/16

HB 73 - O'Bannon - Driving while texting; fines.

(H) Committee on Transportation

(H) Left in Transportation

02/16/16

HB 85 - Campbell - Cigarettes; levying of taxes by counties.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 93 - Kory - School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening day of school.

(H) Committee on Education

(H) Left in Education

02/16/16

HB 140 - Cole - Weight limits; increases maximum gross weight of a motor vehicle eligible for an overload permit.

(H) Committee on Transportation

(H) Left in Transportation

02/16/16

HB 152 - Simon - Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; investigative authority.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

02/16/16

HB 153 - Simon - Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; semiannual inspection of disclosures.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

02/16/16

HB 154 - Simon - Conflicts of Interests Acts, State & Local Government and General Assembly; bundled gifts, penalty.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

02/16/16

HB 155 - Simon - General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; disclosure of tax credits, penalty.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

02/16/16

HB 165 - Farrell - Meals and food and beverage taxes, local; exemption for sales of meals for fundraising purposes.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Continued to 2017 in Finance

02/08/16

HB 171 - Albo - Alcoholic beverage control; food-beverage ratio for certain mixed beverage licensees.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(S) Continued to 2017 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)

02/19/16

HB 173 - Albo - Alcoholic beverage control; prohibited practices by mixed beverage licensees, exception.

(H) Committee on Appropriations

(H) Left in Appropriations

02/18/16

HB 182 - Minchew - Transient occupancy tax; authorizes Frederick County to impose an additional tax.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 51 (effective 7/1/16)

02/29/16

HB 214 - LeMunyon - Tax reform, state and local; joint subcommittee to study.

(H) Committee on Rules

(H) Left in Rules

02/16/16

HB 216 - LeMunyon - Sales and use tax; tax on food purchased for human consumption.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 217 - LeMunyon - Machinery and tools, merchants' capital, and BPOL taxes; maximum rates established.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 219 - Taylor - Alcoholic beverage control; food-beverage ratio.

(H) Committee on General Laws

(H) Continued to 2017 in General Laws

02/11/16

HB 226 - Albo - Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage licenses, performing arts facilities.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 20 (effective 7/1/16)

02/25/16

HB 274 - Yancey - Hampton Roads Transportation Fund; distribution of Fund.

(H) Committee on Appropriations


(S) Committee on Transportation

(S) Incorporated by Transportation (HB1111-Villanueva) (13-Y 0-N)

02/24/16

HB 288 - Helsel - Disposable plastic shopping bags; local option to prohibit distribution.

(H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(H) Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

02/16/16

HB 322 - Knight - Alcoholic beverage control; summary suspension of license in emergency circumstances.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 42 (effective 7/1/16)

02/26/16

HB 323 - Knight - Alcoholic beverage control; purchase and sale of products.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 21 (effective 7/1/16)

02/25/16

HB 378 - Farrell - Workers' compensation; fee schedules for medical and legal services.

(H) Committee on Appropriations


(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 279 (effective 3/7/16)

03/07/16

HB 396 - Heretick - Grand larceny; threshold.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

02/16/16

HB 398 - Sullivan - Sales and use tax; refunds.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Signed by President

03/04/16

HB 399 - Sullivan - Income tax, state; withholding tax, employer penalties.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 411 - James - Unemployment compensation; part-time employment.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

01/26/16

HB 419 - Bagby - Local cigarette tax.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 469 - Head - Local taxes; rate of interest on certain refunds.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 544 - Watts - Retail sales and transient occupancy taxes; taxes on room rentals.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Stricken from docket by Finance

02/01/16

HB 571 - Robinson - School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening day of school.

(H) Committee on Education


(S) Committee on Education and Health

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N)

02/18/16

HB 597 - Plum - Minimum wage; increases minimum wage from its current federally mandated level.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 619 - Bell, Robert B. - Home-produced or farm-produced food products; exempts certain foods from Board of ACS regulations.

(H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

(H) Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

02/16/16

HB 623 - Krizek - Minimum wage; increases minimum wage from its current federally mandated level.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 714 - Marshall, R.G. - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; electronic benefit transfer card.

(H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions

02/16/16

HB 743 - Ward - Employment records; employers required to provide to Commissioner of Labor upon request.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

01/21/16

HB 753 - Greason - School calendar.

(H) Committee on Education


(S) Committee on Education and Health

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N)

02/18/16

HB 755 - Bell, Richard P. - Alcoholic beverage control; annual mixed beverage performing arts facility license.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 28 (effective 7/1/16)

02/25/16

HB 788 - Adams - School calendar.

(H) Committee on Education

(H) Left in Education

02/16/16

HB 830 - Hope - Cigarettes and other tobacco products; increases state tax rate.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 835 - Greason - Alcoholic beverage control; privileges of licensed art instruction studios.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(S) Continued to 2017 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (13-Y 0-N)

02/19/16

HB 838 - McClellan - Professions, occupations, and trades; applicant's criminal history.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor

01/28/16

HB 849 - Cline - Retail Sales and Use Tax; reduces tax rate on food.

(H) Committee on Appropriations

(H) Left in Appropriations

02/18/16

HB 859 - Landes - Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for beer-making equipment and materials.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Signed by President

03/06/16

HB 904 - Landes - Alcoholic beverage control; limited mixed beverage license for retail cigar shops.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(S) Continued to 2017 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 1-N)

02/19/16

HB 910 - Minchew - Appeal of tax assessments; prior to receipt of information, person to sign acknowledgment of order.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice


(S) Committee on Finance

(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB910ER)

03/07/16

HB 944 - Wilt - Statewide Fire Prevention Code; installation or use of landscape cover materials.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(S) Stricken from Senate calendar (38-Y 1-N)

03/02/16

HB 952 - Keam - Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for tampons and sanitary napkins.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 966 - Davis - Income tax, corporate; apportionment of income to Virginia.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Continued to 2017 in Finance

02/15/16

HB 969 - Davis - Virginia Retail Sales and Use Tax Act; conforms the Commonwealth's sales and use tax laws.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Continued to 2017 in Finance

02/15/16

HB 971 - Lopez - Small businesses; implementation of certification programs, report.

(H) Committee on General Laws

(H) Engrossment refused by House

02/15/16

HB 988 - Lopez - Minimum wage; determining wages of tipped employees.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 995 - Levine - Minimum wage; establishes a procedure by which a local alternative wage may be imposed.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 999 - Levine - Family and Medical Insurance Leave Program; review of eligibility and benefit payments.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 1008 - Levine - Motor vehicle fuels; sales tax in certain transportation districts, price floor.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Stricken from docket by Finance

02/08/16

HB 1054 - Bell, Robert B. - Alcoholic beverage control; certain laws transferred to State Police.

(H) Committee on General Laws

(H) Left in General Laws

02/16/16

HB 1111 - Villanueva - Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission; distribution of moneys.

(H) Committee on Transportation


(S) Committee on Finance

(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1111ER)

03/08/16

HB 1123 - Hope - Restrooms; retail establishment with toilet facility to allow customer access.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 1133 - Kory - Paid Sick Leave Pilot Program; established, paid sick leave tax credit.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor

02/11/16

HB 1144 - Cole - Local taxes; interest on refunds.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 1167 - Lindsey - Grand larceny; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc., to $1,000.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

02/16/16

HB 1172 - Morris - Unemployment compensation; notice of penalties for false or misleading statements.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 1179 - Morris - Unemployment compensation; deprivation of benefits.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

01/28/16

HB 1192 - Murphy - Cigarettes; levying of taxes by counties.

(H) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Finance

02/17/16

HB 1208 - Tyler - Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission; local representation.

(H) Committee on Transportation

(H) Left in Transportation

02/16/16

HB 1242 - Ingram - Restaurants; separate stations for deep-fat frying.

(H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions

02/16/16

HB 1258 - Rasoul - Minimum wage; increases wage from federally mandated level to $8.50 per hour.

(H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(H) Left in Commerce and Labor

02/16/16

HB 1263 - James - Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business Loan Fund; Va. Small Business Financing Authority.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1263ER)

03/07/16

HB 1268 - Taylor - Limited Residential Lodging and Short-term Rental Lodging Act; established, penalty.

(H) Committee on General Laws

(H) Left in General Laws

02/16/16

HB 1277 - Robinson - Restaurants; annual inspections.

(H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions


(S) Committee on Education and Health

(G) Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016

03/07/16

HB 1288 - Hope - Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Dept. of; certification of employment services organizations.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1288ER)

03/07/16

HB 1305 - Miller - Solar and wind energy equipment, etc.; tax exemptions.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(G) Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016

03/04/16

HJ 9 - Cole - Congress of U.S.; repeal of personal income taxes and enactment of national retail sales tax.

(H) Committee on Rules

(H) Left in Rules

02/16/16

HJ 72 - Krizek - Minimum wage; effects of increasing the in the Commonwealth.

(H) Committee on Rules

(H) Left in Rules

02/16/16

SB 1 - Lucas - Excise tax on peanuts.

(H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


(S) Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0005)

02/23/16

SB 15 - Garrett - Economic development, local; transfer of taxes to qualified locality.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Continued to 2017 in Finance (15-Y 0-N)

01/26/16

SB 18 - Stanley - Companion animals; surgical sterilization program.

(S) Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

(S) Continued to 2017 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N)

01/28/16

SB 22 - McDougle - Police and court records; expungement of certain offenses.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice


(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

03/08/16

SB 23 - Reeves - Grand larceny and certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice


(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

03/08/16

SB 42 - Carrico - Buying, receiving, or concealing stolen goods; adds the word "knowingly" to statute.

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N)

01/18/16

SB 55 - Locke - Disposable plastic shopping bags; local option to prohibit distribution.

(S) Committee on Local Government

(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Local Government (6-Y 7-N)

01/19/16

SB 64 - Ruff - Retail Sales and Use Tax; removes sunset date from exemption for certain data centers.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Governor's recommendation received by Senate

03/07/16

SB 88 - Marsden - Minimum wage; increases wage from its current federally mandated level to $8 per hour.

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 4-N)

02/01/16

SB 111 - Petersen - Punitive damages; raises cap for any action accruing on or after July 1, 2016.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice


(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice

03/08/16

SB 114 - Petersen - Plastic bags; tax imposed in Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (10-Y 5-N)

01/20/16

SB 119 - Petersen - Small Business; changes in definition, regulation by U.S. Small Business Administration.

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(S) Continued to 2017 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

02/15/16

SB 129 - Edwards - Minimum wage; increases minimum wage from its current federally mandated level to $8.00 per hour.

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 4-N)

02/01/16

SB 152 - Reeves - Sale of furs and animal parts; adoption of regulations.

(H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


(S) Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 62 (effective 7/1/16)

02/29/16

SB 154 - Reeves - Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage licenses, performing arts facilities.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(S) Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB154ER)

03/07/16

SB 155 - Favola - Cigarette taxes; increase of tax in Fairfax and Arlington Counties.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (13-Y 2-N)

01/20/16

SB 160 - Howell - Transient occupancy tax; reinstates authority of Arlington County to impose.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 316 (effective 7/1/16)

03/07/16

SB 177 - Surovell - Grand larceny; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc., to $1,000.

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB23-Reeves) (14-Y 0-N)

01/20/16

SB 218 - Marsden - Business license taxes; limitation on gross receipts for staffing firms.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (11-Y 1-N)

01/26/16

SB 226 - Lucas - Grand larceny and certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc.

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB23-Reeves) (14-Y 0-N)

01/20/16

SB 235 - Petersen - Larceny and property crimes; threshold.

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB23-Reeves) (14-Y 0-N)

01/20/16

SB 239 - Petersen - Workers' compensation; recovering damages from other party.

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Stricken at request of Patron in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

02/01/16

SB 244 - Petersen - Fuels tax, local; authorizes localities to impose.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (14-Y 0-N)

02/02/16

SB 273 - Wexton - Defrauding certain businesses; penalty.

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)

01/18/16

SB 274 - Wexton - Paid sick days for employees; civil penalties.

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 4-N)

02/01/16

SB 310 - McEachin - Grand larceny; increases threshold amount of money taken to $1500, etc.

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Left in Courts of Justice

02/17/16

SB 340 - Garrett - School calendar.

(S) Committee on Education and Health

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N)

02/04/16

SB 373 - Ebbin - Alcoholic beverage control; food sale requirements for businesses.

(H) Committee on General Laws


(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

(H) Continued to 2017 in General Laws

03/01/16

SB 388 - Surovell - Virginia Consumer Protection Act; failure to make required statement.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice


(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(S) Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB388ER)

03/08/16

SB 401 - Marsden - Crohn's disease, colitis, etc.; identification cards and information.

(H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions


(S) Committee on Education and Health

(H) Continued to 2017 in Health, Welfare and Institutions

02/25/16

SB 416 - Vogel - Limited Residential Lodging Act; established, penalty.

(H) Committee on Appropriations


(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Signed by President

03/06/16

SB 470 - Wagner - Motor vehicle fuels sales tax; increased in Hampton Roads.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Stricken at request of Patron in Finance (15-Y 0-N)

02/09/16

SB 477 - Wagner - Motor vehicle fuels; sales tax in certain transportation districts, price floor.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Stricken at request of Patron in Finance (15-Y 0-N)

02/09/16

SB 499 - Sturtevant - Sales tax payments; accelerated collection of payment from retail merchants and other dealers.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 0-N)

01/27/16

SB 532 - Surovell - Paper and plastic bags; authorizes localities in Planning District 8 by ordinance to impose a tax.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (12-Y 3-N)

01/26/16

SB 597 - Cosgrove - Appeal of tax assessments; prior to receipt of information, person to sign acknowledgment of order.

(H) Committee for Courts of Justice


(S) Committee on Finance

(G) Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016

03/07/16

SB 668 - Favola - Minimum wage.

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (12-Y 3-N)

02/01/16

SB 720 - Lewis - Environmental cleanup programs; localities may by ordinance establish.

(S) Committee on Local Government

(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Local Government (6-Y 6-N)

02/09/16

SB 742 - Wagner - Motor vehicles; fuels sales tax in certain transportation districts.

(H) Committee on Finance


(S) Committee on Finance

(H) Continued to 2017 in Finance

02/29/16

SB 751 - DeSteph - Limited Residential Lodging and Short-term Rental Lodging Act; penalty.

(S) Committee on Finance

(S) Left in Finance

02/17/16

SJ 127 - Obenshain - Constitutional amendment; right to work (submitting to qualified voters).

(H) Committee on Privileges and Elections


(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(H) Agreed to by House (64-Y 34-N)

03/08/16



 


Only 4 more days in the 2016 Virginia General Assembly Session.

447 legislation pieces await action by the House of Delegates and the Senate.

246 bills have been approved by both houses and the Governor.

5 bills have been vetoed by Governor McAuliffe.

241 bills have been continued to next year’s Session.

 

The Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) threshold increase has been a significant issue for retailers.

The good news is that both the House of Delegates and the Senate maintained the AST threshold increase that the Governor initially put in the budget.

The threshold will increase to $10 million in taxable sales in the first year and $25 million in the second year.

However, the current threshold of $2.5 million in taxable sales will remain effective until 2017.

 

This Thursday, both chambers will vote on the complete budget passage.

 

 

It’s day 49 of the 60-day 2016 Virginia General Assembly Session. To date, 682 pieces of legislation await action by the House of Delegates and the Senate.


Significant updates include:

Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) Threshold

Both the House of Delegates and the Senate maintained the AST threshold increase that the Governor initially put in the budget, supported by VRF. The threshold will increase to $10 million in the first year and $25 million in the second year. However, the current threshold remains effective until 2017.

 

Felony Larceny Threshold

SB 23 (Reeves), opposed by VRF, was defeated in the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee. Previously, SB 23 was proposed to increase the threshold for larceny conviction from the current $200 to $500. The law will remain as it currently exists.

We expect continued conversation around the Felony Larceny Threshold. VRF will continue to proactively represent and support the best interest of Virginia retailers concerning this issue.

 

Right to Work

HB 4 (Bell, Richard) Constitutional amendment regarding Virginia as a right to work Commonwealth and will be included in the November 2016 election, passed both houses and was approved by Governor McAuliffe.

The right to work issue is important  to all employers in VA; it protects the workers’ right to not be required to join a labor union.  HB4  provides for a referendum on the ballot in November 2016 election. If the voters of Virginia pass the referendum in November, it then becomes a part of the VA Constitution. Becoming a part of the Constitution of Virginia solidifies the importance of this issue to the Commonwealth.