Disposable plastic bags; 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


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
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) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108914D-S1 (0-Y 93-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate requested conference committee
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
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109450D-H2
03/05/2020Passed by temporarily
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 47-N 1-A)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 47-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB534ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/24/2020Impact statement from TAX (HB534ER)
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1022 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1022)

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