Master Settlement Agreement; makes several changes to enhance criminal enforcement activities. (SB1302)

Introduced By

Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Chatham)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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 2009 or a subsequent general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090759806
01/14/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2009Impact statement from VCSC (SB1302)
01/28/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Committee substitute printed 091539250-S1
01/29/2009Impact statement from VCSC (SB1302S1)
01/30/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Read second time
02/02/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2009Committee substitute agreed to 091539250-S1
02/02/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1302S1
02/03/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1302S1)
02/06/2009Impact statement from VCSC (SB1302S1)
02/12/2009Placed on Calendar
02/12/2009Read first time
02/12/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/17/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1302S1)
02/18/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/20/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Committee substitute printed 090545250-H1
02/24/2009Impact statement from VCSC (SB1302H1)
02/24/2009Read second time
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090545250-H1
02/25/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1302H1
02/25/2009Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/25/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1302H1)
02/26/2009House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Title replaced 090545250-H1
03/09/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1302ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1302ER)
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 846 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 0-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/08/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB1302ER2)
04/08/2009Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/2009Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 847 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0847)
04/14/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB1302ER2)


This bill mentions Richmond.


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.