- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An effort to regulate short-term rental websites like Airbnb is causing one of the biggest fights in the General Assembly this session.

Airbnb and other companies are pushing legislation aimed at preventing a patchwork of local regulations. Airbnb has pledged to work with the state to collect taxes that would help localities.

But the Daily Press reports that (bit.ly/1QODzep) local officials across the state are opposing the effort. Bed and breakfast owners are pushing back because they face licensing requirements that people who rent rooms online do not.

Both the House and Senate have passed versions of the bill.

But Republican Senate Leader Tommy Norment, who also co-chairs the Senate Finance Committee, put language in the Senate budget that would prevent it from taking effect until the state studies it.

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Information from: Daily Press, https://www.dailypress.com/

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