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Williamsburg officials lobby against Airbnb bills

Williamsburg officials lobby against Airbnb bills

Bills to allow homeowners to rent out all or part of their homes for up to 30 days through a web hosting platform — the business model of Airbnb — advanced in both the House and the Senate.

That's not a good thing for the city, which made opposing such bills part of its legislative package.

HB 812, sponsored by Del. Christopher Peace, R-Hanover, and SB 416, sponsored by Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Winchester, were reported from committee, in most cases the step that sends the bill forward for consideration by the entire House of Delegates or Senate.

The Senate bill was reported from Senate General Laws and Technology by a 12-2 vote on Jan. 16, but was...

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