Digital media purchase or rental; fee created. (SB1421)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), and Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fee for in-room rental or purchase of digital media. Creates a fee of 10 percent of the in-room purchase or rental price of digital media. The revenues shall be deposited as follows:

Fifty percent into the state's general fund; and

Fifty percent into a special Film Incentive Programs Fund. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Presented and ordered printed 092226568
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Finance
01/27/2009Impact statement from TAX (SB1421)
01/28/2009Reported from Finance with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Committee substitute printed 092901260-S1
01/29/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Read second time
01/30/2009Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2009Committee substitute agreed to 092901260-S1
01/30/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1421S1
02/02/2009Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Passed by for the day
02/03/2009Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Impact statement from TAX (SB1421S1)
02/11/2009Placed on Calendar
02/11/2009Read first time
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Finance
02/11/2009Assigned Finance sub: 1
02/11/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/16/2009Reported from Finance (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2009Read second time
02/18/2009Read third time
02/18/2009Amendment by Delegate Cosgrove rejected
02/18/2009Passed House (69-Y 27-N)
02/18/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (69-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1421ER)
02/23/2009Impact statement from TAX (SB1421ER)
02/24/2009Signed by Speaker
02/25/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 531 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0531)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2609.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

What is "digital media" for the purpose of this bill?

Dave Briggman writes:

I would imagine that would be "in-room" movies at hotels...broadband purchases of movies via Netflix and other vendors, and iTunes, etc. downloads.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I suspect you're right, but without defining "digital media," all we've got is our imaginations. :)