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Norment can't stop Airbnb bill's passage

Norment can't stop Airbnb bill's passage

A bill establishing a structure for Airbnb in Virginia, which was opposed by all three local governments in the Historic Triangle, squeaked through the Senate on 20-19 vote Tuesday afternoon.

The bill sets up a structure though which Airbnb can collect the taxes owed to the state and localities by homeowners who use their web platform to rent out rooms in their homes.

SB 416, sponsored by Sen. Jill Holtzman-Vogel, R- Fauquier, was extensively debated, with more than a dozen senators joining in a struggle that created unlikely alliances. At one point Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, was followed on the floor by Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun, one the Senate's most...

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