Constitutional amendment; funds for transportation purposes (first reference). (SJ180)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, Priority Transportation Fund, and other funds dedicated to transportation by general law. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on July 1, 2006, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds, unless the General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, alters the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment limits the use of Fund moneys to transportation and related purposes. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan or reduction must be repaid with reasonable interest within three years. The amendment limits the use of general and other non-transportation funds for transportation purposes except for certain debt service payments and, additionally, in an amount not to exceed $80 million in any fiscal year. This proposed constitutional amendment is identical to the amendment proposed in SJR 49. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/27/2006Introduced at the request of Governor
01/27/2006Presented and ordered printed 068876129
01/27/2006Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/07/2006Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2006Rereferred to Finance
02/09/2006Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2006Committee substitute printed 069220712-S1
02/13/2006Reading waived (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2006Read second time
02/14/2006Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2006Committee substitute agreed to 069220712-S1
02/14/2006Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ180S1
02/14/2006Reading waived (38-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2006Communicated to House
02/15/2006Placed on Calendar
02/15/2006Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2006Continued to 2007 in Privileges and Elections
12/01/2006Committee substitute printed 075515396-H1
01/12/2007Passed by for the day
01/15/2007Passed by for the day
01/16/2007Passed by for the day
01/17/2007Passed by for the day
01/18/2007Passed by for the day
01/19/2007Taken up
01/19/2007Committee substitute agreed to 075515396-H1
01/19/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute SJ180H1
01/19/2007Agreed to by House with substitute (93-Y 0-N)
01/19/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2007Passed by for the day
01/24/2007House substitute rejected by Senate (4-Y 36-N)
01/25/2007House insisted on substitute
01/25/2007House requested conference committee
01/26/2007Passed by for the day
01/29/2007Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
01/29/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2007Conferees appointed by House
01/30/2007Delegates: Cox, Griffith, Joannou
01/31/2007Conferees appointed by Senate
01/31/2007Senators: Martin, O'Brien, Howell
02/24/2007No further action taken
02/24/2007Failed to pass in Senate