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HB 534

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 05, 2020
  • Passed House Feb 11, 2020
  • Passed Senate Feb 26, 2020
  • Governor

Disposable plastic bags; local tax.

Abstract

Local disposable plastic bag tax. Authorizes any county or city, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2021, to impose a tax of five cents per bag on disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers, with certain bags being exempt from the tax. The bill allows every retailer that collects the tax to retain a portion of the five-cent tax and provides that the revenue accruing to the county or city shall be used for certain purposes, including environmental cleanup and the provision of reusable bags. The measure authorizes the Tax Commissioner to administer the tax. This bill is identical to SB 11.

Plastic bag fee. Imposes, beginning July 1, 2021, a statewide fee of five cents per bag on disposable plastic bags provided to consumers of tangible personal property, with certain bags being exempt from the fee. Revenues from the fee are collected by the Tax Commissioner and distributed equally into the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund and the Litter Control and Recycling Fund. The bill also allows every retailer that collects the fee to retain one cent of the five-cent fee, provided that such retailer discounts are accounted for in the form of a deduction when submitting the tax return and the amount due is paid in a timely manner. 

Local disposable plastic bag tax. Authorizesany locality to impose a tax of five cents per bag on disposableplastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers, with certainbags being exempt from the tax. Revenues from the local tax wouldbe collected by the Tax Commissioner and distributed monthly to thelocality imposing the tax to be used by such locality for the mitigationof pollution and litter. The bill requires each locality imposingthe tax by ordinance to provide a certified copy of the ordinanceto the Tax Commissioner at least six months prior to the date thetax is to become effective. The bill also allows every retailer thatcollects the tax to retain one cent of the five-cent tax.

Bill Sponsors (4)

Betsy B. Carr

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 69
Primary

Elizabeth R. Guzman

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 31
Cosponsor

Alfonso H. Lopez

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 49
Cosponsor

R. Lee Ware

  • Republican
  • lower
  • 65
Cosponsor

Votes


Actions


Apr 10, 2020

Office of the Governor

Approved by Governor-Chapter 1022 (effective 7/1/20)

Mar 24, 2020

House

Impact statement from TAX (HB534ER)

Mar 20, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020

House

Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020

Mar 19, 2020

House

Signed by Speaker

Mar 18, 2020

House

Enrolled

Senate

Signed by President

Mar 07, 2020

Senate

Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N)

Mar 05, 2020

Virginia General Assembly

Amended by conference committee

House

VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 47-N 1-A)

House

Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 47-N 1-A)

House

Passed by temporarily

House

Conference substitute printed 20109450D-H2

Feb 27, 2020

Senate

Conferees appointed by Senate

House

Conferees appointed by House

House

House acceded to request

Feb 26, 2020

House

VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 93-N)

House

Senate substitute rejected by House 20108914D-S1 (0-Y 93-N)

Senate

Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N)

Senate

Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB534S1

Senate

Committee substitute agreed to 20108914D-S1

Senate

Reading of substitute waived

Senate

Read third time

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)

Senate

Senate requested conference committee

Senate

Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N)

Feb 25, 2020

Senate

Committee substitute printed 20108914D-S1

Senate

Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 2-N)

Feb 14, 2020

House

Impact statement from TAX (HB534H1)

Feb 12, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed

Senate

Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations

Feb 11, 2020

House

Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House

House

Requires 51 affirmative votes for passage

House

Read third time and defeated by House (50-Y 49-N)

House

VOTE: DEFEATED (50-Y 49-N)

House

VOTE: Passage #2 (52-Y 46-N)

House

Passed House (52-Y 46-N)

Feb 10, 2020

House

Committee substitute agreed to 20107686D-H1

House

Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB534H1

House

Read second time

Feb 07, 2020

House

Passed by for the day

Feb 06, 2020

House

Read first time

Feb 05, 2020

House

House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered

House

Committee substitute printed 20107686D-H1

House

Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (13-Y 9-N)

House

Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)

Jan 30, 2020

House

Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources

Jan 29, 2020

House

Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

House

Referred from Finance

Jan 18, 2020

House

Impact statement from DHCD (HB534)

Jan 16, 2020

House

Impact statement from TAX (HB534)

Jan 05, 2020

House

Referred to Committee on Finance

House

Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101570D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Impact statement from TAX (HB534) HTML
Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB534H1 HTML
Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB534S1 HTML
HB534H2 HTML
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB534ER) HTML
Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1022) HTML

Related Documents

Document Format
Amendment: HB534AC HTML

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