Master Settlement Agreement; makes several changes to enhance criminal enforcement activities. (SB544)

Introduced By

Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Chatham)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Master Settlement Agreement; criminal enforcement activities; penalty. Makes several changes to enhance criminal enforcement activities. The bill provides that any tobacco product manufacturer, stamping agent, or importer of cigarettes, or any officer, employee, or agent of any such entity, who knowingly makes any materially false statement in reports, documents, and tax returns required to be filed or kept under the Master Settlement Agreement or other substantive law shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony. The Attorney General is authorized to prosecute such cases. The bill also requires persons to file cigarette delivery sales information with the Attorney General in addition to the current requirement that such information be filed with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The bill adds criminal penalties for failure to file the required information, under current law all penalties are civil. The Attorney General is authorized to assess the civil penalties and prosecute criminal violations. In addition, the bill includes within the definition of "racketeering activity" the filing of false reports under the Tobacco Product Manufacturers Act, of false reports of cigarette delivery sales, and of false tobacco tax reports. The effective date of the bill is contingent on the appropriation of funds in the 2008 or a subsequent general appropriation act. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 082382806
01/09/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2008Impact statement from VCSC (SB544)
02/06/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (12-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB544)
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2008Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended SB544E
02/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Communicated to House
02/11/2008Printed as engrossed 082382806-E
02/12/2008Impact statement from VCSC (SB544E)
02/12/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB544E)
02/12/2008Placed on Calendar
02/12/2008Read first time
02/12/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/27/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/29/2008Tabled in Appropriations