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.


Forty-two days down and counting in the sixty-day 2016 Virginia General Assembly Session.

To date, 547 pieces of legislation have passed the House of Delegates and the Senate, and 1,030 pieces await decisions.

Last week was "Crossover," which means each body has completed work on its own legislation and will now review legislation from the other body.

Significant updates include:


ACCELERATED SALES TAX THRESHOLD

The good news...

The good news for our members is that both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee maintained the increase in their budget plans announced on Sunday.

Both budget plans increase the AST threshold from the current level of $2.5 million up to $10 million in the first year of the budget, then up to $25 million for the second year of the budget.

Changes starting in 2017...

However, it is important to note that the current level of AST does not unwind until 2017, which means that our members will pay AST at the current level of $2.5 million for 2016.

Waiting for final negotiations...

Each will adopt their own budget on Thursday, February 25 and begin the process of negotiation for a final budget.

Your VRF team will continue to monitor this issue for the remainder of Session to ensure that it remains in the budget.


FELONY LARCENY THRESHOLD

Proposed bill...

SB 23 (Sen. Reeves) proposes to increase the felony larceny threshold from the current $200 up to $500

The good news...

Sen. Reeves's proposed increase to the felony threshold was defeated in the House Courts Criminal Law sub-committee on Monday afternoon. Thanks to our members who came and testified against the increase.

 

The VRF continues to closely monitor actions in the General Assembly to proactively represent and support the legislative interests of Virginia retailers.

 


It is the 35th day of the 2016 Virginia General Assembly Session. To date, 1763 pieces of legislation are pending review by the House of Delegates and the Senate. Today is “Crossover” which means each house must complete work on its own legislation in order to send it to the opposite body. The Budget Bill(s) and revenue bills will continue to be considered and are not committed to today’s deadline. VRF continues to track more than 100 bills which potentially impact your business.

 

Recent actions include:

Right to Work

HB 4 (Del. Dickie Bell) and SJ 127 (Sen. Richard Obenshain) provide a voter referendum for the November 8, 2016 election to approve or reject an amendment to ensure Virginia remains a “right to work” state. HB 4 passed the House and the Senate and SJ 127 has passed the Senate so far.

 

Parental Leave

HB 33 (Del. Peter Farrell) creates an income tax credit for small businesses that provide full-time employees salary while on leave for birth or adoption. HB 33 was defeated in subcommittee.

 

Plastic Bag Tax

SB 720 (Sen. Lynwood Lewis) provides localities the opportunity to impose a tax on plastic bags. SB 720 was defeated in committee

 

Tax Reforms

HB 165 (Del. Peter Farrell) allows localities an exemption for meals and food and beverage taxes for fundraising purposes. HB 165 was continued to the 2017 General Assembly Session.

HB 966 (Del. Glen Davis) restructures corporate income tax apportionment. HB 966 was continued to the 2017 General Assembly Session.

HB 969 (Del. Glen Davis) restructures sales and use taxes, commonly referred to as “streamlining.” HB 969 was continued to the 2017 General Assembly Session.

 

ABC Licensing

HB 904 (Del. Steve Landes) proposes for retail cigar shops to serve alcoholic beverages. HB 904 is pending review in the House of Delegates.

 

Airbnb

HB 1268 (Del. Scott Taylor), SB 416 (Sen. Jill Vogel) and SB 751 (Sen. Bill DeSteph) impose requirements as well as opportunities for localities to account for Air B & B’s regarding tax and information collection. HB 1268 was defeated in subcommittee. SB 416 and SB 751 are under consideration in the Senate Finance Committee

 

SWAM - Small, Women-owned, Minority-owned Businesses

HB 971 (Del. Alfonso Lopez) redefines “small businesses” in order for small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses to be eligible for procurement business. HB 971 was defeated in the House of Delegates.

 

Accelerated Sales Tax

VRF remains committed to supporting Governor McAuliffe’s budget proposal to provide relief for the Accelerated Sales Tax (AST). The Governor’s proposal includes an increase to the threshold to pay the AST from $2.5 M to $10 M, and the second year of his biennial budget will again raise the AST to $25 M.