Smoking; guilty of a misdemeanor if in certain proximity to gas pumps. (HB1653)

Introduced By

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Smoking in proximity to gas pumps; penalty. Provides that any person who smokes or uses an open flame within 25 feet of a pump used to fuel motor vehicles is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


04/04/2007: enacted


12/01/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 073016216
12/01/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/15/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1653)
01/30/2007Read first time
01/31/2007Read second time
01/31/2007Passed by temporarily
01/31/2007Amendment by Delegate Armstrong agreed to
01/31/2007Engrossed by House as amended HB1653E
01/31/2007Printed as engrossed 073016216-E
02/01/2007Read third time and passed House (81-Y 16-N)
02/01/2007Communicated to Senate
02/02/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/06/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1653E)
02/08/2007Rereferred from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2007Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/19/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007Motion to reconsider Passed by for the day agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Passed by for the day
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Reading of amendments waived
02/21/2007Committee amendments agreed to
02/21/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/2007Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Placed on Calendar
02/22/2007Passed by temporarily
02/22/2007Senate amendments agreed to by House (87-Y 10-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (87-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1653ER)
03/08/2007Signed by Speaker
03/11/2007Signed by President
03/26/2007Governor's recommendation received by House
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter (effective 7/1/07)
04/04/2007House concurred in Governor's recommendation (93-Y 6-N)
04/04/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 6-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/04/2007Reenrolled bill text (HB1653ER2)
04/04/2007Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/04/2007Signed by President as reenrolled
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter 848 (effective 7/1/07)
04/11/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0848)


Jason See writes:

Nice....was wondering about this just the other day as I was filling up! Hope it passes...people aren't just risking their own lives when they light up at the pumps.

Cory Capron writes:

Now this is a smart anti-smoking bill. I hate to even call it that. It's just common sense that nobody should have an open flame that close to a gas pump. Can anyone give me a reason this is a bad idea?

James writes:

Yeah this sounds like a good idea but did a gas station blow up recently? I didn't know this was an epidemic; smoking while pumping gas. I'm glad to hear that Del. Armstrong fixed all of VA's real problems before tackling an issue as important as this. I clicked his name and judging from his other legislation he's all about solving Virginias real issues.

A lot of Time, a lot of effort and I'm sure a whole lot of money is going to be wasted getting this redundant bill passed. Money wasted on crap like this is money that could be used for transportation instead of raising our taxes.