Transportation surcharge; special license plates bearing reserved numbers or letters. (SB1167)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transportation surcharge; special license plates; license plates bearing reserved numbers or letters. Imposes a transportation surcharge of $25 per year on the issuance or renewal of most special license plates and license plates bearing reserved numbers or letters. Read the Bill »


02/25/2009: failed house


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 093518348
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/26/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1167)
01/29/2009Reported from Transportation with substitute (8-Y 4-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/29/2009Rereferred to Finance
01/30/2009Committee substitute printed 093603348-S1
02/03/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1167S1)
02/05/2009Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Committee substitute printed 096029348-S2
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time
02/10/2009Committee substitute rejected 093603348-S1
02/10/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2009Committee substitute agreed to 096029348-S2
02/10/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1167S2
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/13/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1167S2)
02/16/2009Assigned Transportation sub: 3
02/17/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/19/2009Reported from Transportation with amendments (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Read second time
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/24/2009VOTE: --- REJECTED (41-Y 57-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Committee amendments rejected
02/24/2009Defeated by House (41-Y 57-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: --- DEFEATED (41-Y 57-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/24/2009Passed by for the day
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Defeated by House (41-Y 57-N)
02/25/2009VOTE: --- DEFEATED (41-Y 57-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.


Katy Walden writes:

If I understand this bill correctly, the fee increase is to offset the rising cost of making the special (vanity) plates. What about people like myself who have had a personalized plate for 15 years ?? I pay the extra ten dollars a year for the privilege of having it, and do not think it is fair to ask me to pay more. Perhaps a one time fee of twenty dollars for the first plate and ten dollars thereafter would be a fair compromise. I think in the long run less people will maintain their special plates rather than pay more to keep them.... the plan to bring in more money may very well backfire. Please reconsider this bill... thank you, Katy Walden