Transportation needs; provides several mechanisms for funding, report. (SB708)

Introduced By

Sen. Charles Hawkins (R-Chatham)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Funding of transportation in the Commonwealth. Provides several mechanisms for funding transportation in the Commonwealth. The bill would provide that all moneys credited to specified transportation-related funds shall be solely used for the purposes set forth therein relating to the funding and maintenance of highways (including access roads and bikeways adjacent thereto), public transportation, congestion mitigation, railways, seaports, and airports; making payments on bonds and obligations related to funding transportation projects; or making loans to finance transportation projects. The bill would raise new revenues for transportation by (i) imposing an additional $200 fee upon certain convictions relating to violations of Virginia's driving laws; (ii) imposing annually additional fees on any driver with a driver's record having a balance of 8 or more demerit points; (iii) increasing motor vehicle registration fees by $10 for all vehicles and doubling the gross weight registration fee for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds; (iv) increasing current liquidated damages for violations of any weight limit imposed under law or for violations of any weight limit included in a permit that has been issued; (v) imposing additional liquidated damages of $20 for every violation of any weight limit imposed under law or any weight limit included in a permit that has been issued; (vi) increasing the state grantor's tax to 30 cents for each $100 of value with the revenues from the increase in the tax distributed to the respective locality and required to be used for local or regional transportation projects; (vii) authorizing local governments to impose a local grantor's tax at the rate of 10 cents for each $100 of value with the revenues to be used for local or regional transportation projects; (viii) increasing the motor fuels tax on diesel fuel to 17.5 cents per gallon (the current rate of the motor fuels tax on gasoline and gasohol); (ix) imposing a 5% tax on motor fuels that would be based on the statewide average retail price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded regular gasoline over rolling six-month periods and that would be imposed at a cents per gallon rate; and (x) increasing the motor vehicle sales and use tax from 3% to 3.75%, phased-in over fiscal years 2007, 2008, and 2009. The bill would also dedicate for transportation purposes all insurance license tax revenues relating to automobile insurance policies. The bill would allow individuals to apply for a refund of any motor fuels tax paid in excess of 17.5 cents per gallon. Individuals would apply for a refund when the cumulative amount of the refund would exceed $5. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2006Presented and ordered printed 069189736
01/20/2006Referred to Committee on Finance
02/08/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB708)
02/14/2006Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/15/2006Committee substitute printed 069229712-S1
02/15/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/15/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
02/16/2006Floor substitute printed 069230736-S2 (Hawkins)
02/16/2006Read second time
02/16/2006Committee substitute rejected 069229712-S1
02/16/2006Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2006Substitute by Senator Hawkins agreed to 069230736-S2
02/16/2006Reading of amendment waived
02/16/2006Amendment by Senator Stolle agreed to
02/16/2006Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendment SB708ES2
02/16/2006Printed as engrossed 069230736-ES2
02/17/2006Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 6-N)
02/17/2006VOTE: (34-Y 6-N)
02/17/2006Communicated to House
02/20/2006Placed on Calendar
02/20/2006Read first time
02/20/2006Referred to Committee on Finance
02/23/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB708ES2)
03/06/2006Left in Finance