Disposable plastic bag; local tax. (HB534)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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. Read the Bill »


02/26/2020: Passed the Senate


01/05/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101570D
01/05/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
01/10/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB534)
01/16/2020Impact statement from TAX (HB534)
01/18/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB534)
01/29/2020Referred from Finance
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/30/2020Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
01/30/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/05/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107686D-H1
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Passed by for the day
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107686D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB534H1
02/11/2020Read third time and defeated by House (50-Y 49-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: DEFEATED (50-Y 49-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Requires 51 affirmative votes for passage
02/11/2020Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/11/2020Passed House (52-Y 46-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage #2 (52-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/14/2020Impact statement from TAX (HB534H1)
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108914D-S1
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108914D-S1
02/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB534S1
02/26/2020Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N)
02/26/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108914D-S1 (0-Y 93-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 93-N)
02/26/2020Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2020Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/27/2020House acceded to request
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: Carr, Lopez, Ware
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2020Senators: Ebbin, McClellan, Vogel

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