Food and beverage tax; locality to set amount. (SB280)

Introduced By

Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


County meals tax; rate of tax and approval required. Removes the current cap of four percent for the county meals tax and allows counties to impose an uncapped rate. The bill would also allow counties to adopt or increase a meals tax by a majority vote of the elected members of the governing body.

Current law provides that a meals tax imposed by a county may not exceed four percent of the charge for food and beverages. In general, current law also requires approval by referendum before a county may impose a meals tax. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101463D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
01/17/2010Impact statement from TAX (SB280)
01/20/2010Reported from Finance with amendments (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2010Read second time
01/22/2010Reading of amendments waived
01/22/2010Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB280E
01/22/2010Printed as engrossed 10101463D-E
01/25/2010Passed by for the day
01/26/2010Passed by for the day
01/27/2010Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2010Impact statement from TAX (SB280E)
02/17/2010Placed on Calendar
02/17/2010Read first time
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
02/17/2010Assigned Finance sub: #1
02/24/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 2-N)
03/01/2010Tabled in Finance


This bill mentions Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rappahannock, Arlington.


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.