2016 General Assembly Session Starts January 13th

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SPRINGFIELD, VA — Today, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund announced that they have endorsed Senator Dick Saslaw in his campaign for re-election. Democratic Leader Saslaw has proven his consistent support for Planned Parenthood and their health programs that so many men and women rely upon. After examining his efforts in prior sessions, Planned Parenthood has named Senator Saslaw a women’s health champion. 

“Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund is proud to announce our endorsement for the re-election of Senator Saslaw of Virginia’s 35th Senate District,” said Laura Meyer, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC Action Fund. “We are grateful to have a leader like Senator Saslaw on the front lines, fighting to ensure all Virginians have access to affordable, nonjudgmental, comprehensive health care services.”

This year, I sponsored legislation (SB1319) that was signed into law to combine the existing sales tax holidays. It will make it easier for Virginia families to take advantage of savings this summer. During the three-day sales tax holiday, consumers can purchase school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, as well as Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax.

The sales tax holiday will run from Friday, August 7th at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, August 9th at 11:59 p.m.

I hope you will take advantage of these savings. See the list below of tax-exempt items. You can visit the Virginia Department of Taxation website for more information: www.tax.virginia.gov.


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School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:  

  • Portable generators - $1,000 or less per item

  • Gas-powered chainsaws - $350 or less per item

  • Chainsaw accessories - $60 or less per item

  • Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item

  • Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items

Energy Star and WaterSense Items:

Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

  • Qualifying Energy Star items include dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans,  light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators

  • Qualifying WaterSense items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories such as aerators and shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers

  • Detailed list of Energy Star and WaterSense items

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