Cigarette tax; penalties for unstamped cigarettes. (HB820)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cigarette tax; penalties for unstamped cigarettes.  Creates more civil penalties for unstamped cigarettes as follows: $2.50 per pack, up to $500, for the first violation by a legal entity within a 36-month period; $5 per pack, up to $1,000, for the second violation by the legal entity within a 36-month period; and $10 per pack, up to $50,000, for the third or subsequent violation by the legal entity within a 36-month period. If willful intent exists to defraud the Commonwealth, the penalty is $25 per pack, up to $250,000.  The same penalties apply to any person who sells, purchases, transports, receives, or possesses unstamped cigarettes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101370D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
01/17/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB820)
01/19/2010Assigned Finance sub: #2
01/27/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/01/2010Reported from Finance with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2010Read first time
02/03/2010Read second time
02/03/2010Committee amendments agreed to
02/03/2010Engrossed by House as amended HB820E
02/03/2010Printed as engrossed 10101370D-E
02/04/2010Read third time and passed House (94-Y 4-N)
02/04/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (94-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
02/12/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB820E)
02/17/2010Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2010Read third time
02/19/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB820ER)
02/22/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB820ER)
02/23/2010Signed by Speaker
02/23/2010Signed by President
03/04/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 35 (effective 7/1/10)
03/04/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0035)


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 50 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB476.