The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement commending Mayor Vincent Gray’s decision to veto the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013. Passed by the DC City Council in July, the bill arbitrarily set discriminatory thresholds on retailers operating in spaces over 75,000 square feet.
“RILA applauds the decision by Mayor Gray to recognize the discriminatory effect of this poorly crafted legislation,” said Joe Rinzel, vice president of state government affairs for RILA. “Without question, this law would have hindered job creation in the District, weakening an already shaky recovery by preventing new growth and investment. Our industry prides itself on providing stable jobs with upward mobility opportunities to communities across America. Mayor Gray’s veto protects that opportunity for his constituents.”
In March RILA sent a letter to the Council urging them to consider the significant effect imposing a punitive mandate on a certain sector of business would have on the region. The letter warned that enacting this legislation would discourage retailers from initiating or expanding operations in the District.
In opposing the legislation, RILA highlighted the positive contribution retailers provide to the communities they operate in, offering positions with competitive wages, donating back to the area and stimulating local economies by spurring further development. Benefits DC communities would lose had the Mayor enacted the LRAA.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.