Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption includes certain computer equipment and enabling software. (HB216)

Introduced By

Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean) with support from co-patron Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sales and use tax exemption; certain computer equipment and enabling software.  Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by data centers by extending it to tenants of the centers, and by including jobs created not only by the data center operator but also by the tenants of the data center in collectively meeting the level of new jobs required for eligibility for the exemption. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103662D
01/09/2012Referred to Committee on Finance
01/12/2012Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2012Impact statement from TAX (HB216)
02/06/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/10/2012Reported from Finance (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Amendments by Delegate Comstock agreed to
02/13/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB216E
02/13/2012Printed as engrossed 12103662D-E
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee on Finance
02/22/2012Reported from Finance with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Impact statement from TAX (HB216E)
02/23/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Read third time
02/24/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/24/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/24/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2012Passed Senate with amendment (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Placed on Calendar
02/28/2012Senate amendment rejected by House (1-Y 96-N 1-A)
02/28/2012VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 96-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Senate requested conference committee
02/29/2012House acceded to request
02/29/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
02/29/2012Senators: McDougle, Herring, Vogel
02/29/2012Conferees appointed by House
02/29/2012Delegates: Comstock, Landes, Keam
03/05/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Conference substitute printed 12105848D-H1
03/05/2012Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/05/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB216ER)
03/08/2012Impact statement from TAX (HB216ER)
03/08/2012Signed by Speaker
03/09/2012Signed by President
04/06/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 655 (effective 7/1/12)
04/06/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0655)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB112 and SB232.