Trains; fine for boarding or riding with fraudulent or counterfeit ticket, etc. (SB1066)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Trains operated by transportation districts. Establishes a fine for boarding or riding a train with a fraudulent or counterfeit ticket and for using a valid ticket outside the designated zone of the paid ride. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091522304
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/22/2009Rereferred from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2009Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/27/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/09/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Committee substitute printed 091456304-S1
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time
02/10/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2009Committee substitute agreed to 091456304-S1
02/10/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1066S1
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/18/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/19/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1066S1)
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Committee substitute printed 090427304-H1
02/24/2009Read second time
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090427304-H1
02/25/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1066H1
02/25/2009Passed House with substitute (100-Y 0-N)
02/25/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1066H1)
02/26/2009House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Title replaced 090427304-H1
03/09/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1066ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/12/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1066ER)
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 760 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0760)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Paul C., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

I routinely ride the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail system in the Washington DC area to get to my job at L'Enfant ... which is much nicer than driving into DC. (Until July!!) I got an "I forgot to validate my ticket" summons on 6 July, the day after the holiday, when the trains were empty. It is a Class 2 criminal misdemeanor, which in Virginia means a possibility of jail... time. At the arraignment in late August, the judge apologized to all four of us, and called it a "devastating piece of inappropriate legislation" ... she banged her gavel and in a loud voice immediately wiped out jail time (actual and suspended) as well as probation. rnrnrnrnAt my trial this past Tuesday 22 September, the VA commonwealth's attorney "null-processed" all four cases, with another apology from both him and the judge ... no fine, no penalty, no jail, no costs, no pleas, no conviction, no record, no nothing. The presiding court, the Alexandria General District criminal/traffic court, now hates this new law and is handling these cases routinely this way. The zealot culprit legislator who caused this problem in the first place in March 2009 is Virginia Delete Rob Bell of Albemarle County who seems to want to become the next Virginia Attorney General. Mr. Bell amended Virgina State Senator Ms. Toddy Puller's bill, designed to handle counterfeit tickets and repeat offenders, but didn't include "forget to validate" as a Class 2. But Mr. Bell ramrodded it through in an "all-in-one"! Now, even VRE is supporting a revision to the legislation, which is... targeted to be effective on 01 Feb 10. Virginia Delegate Dave Marsden is the prime champion of the revision to "make it right"!! The entire Virginia legislature (both the house and the senate) and the Virginia Governor so screwed this up, so royally, so big time !! We all suffer greatly as a result!!