Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for personal protective equipment. (HB2185)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Terry Austin (R-Buchanan), Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall), Del. Bill Wiley (R-Winchester), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sales tax; exemption for personal protective equipment; emergency. Establishes a retail sales and use tax exemption for personal protective equipment, defined in the bill. The exemption is available to any business that has in place a COVID-19 safety protocol that complies with the Emergency Temporary Standard promulgated by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and that meets other criteria. The exemption sunsets on the first day following the expiration of the last executive order issued by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the termination of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard and any permanent COVID-19 regulations adopted by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board. The bill contains an emergency clause and is identical to SB 1403. Read the Bill »

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03/11/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/21 21102420D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/2021Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/17/2021Impact statement from TAX (HB2185)
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/2021Reported from Finance (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2021Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2185ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
02/25/2021Impact statement from TAX (HB2185ER)
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 55 (effective 3/11/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0055)