Transportation; provides revenues for construction, maintenance, and funding. (SB639)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transportation construction, operation and maintenance, and funding.  Provides for the construction, maintenance, and funding of transportation by (i) creating transportation construction districts and the Transportation Improvement District Fund to identify, construct, and fund certain transportation projects, including the authority to issue revenue bonds; (ii) creating the Virginia Toll Road Authority to fund transportation projects through tolls and other charges, (iii) increasing the dedicated transportation allocation of the sales and use tax from 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, phased in over eight years, with the additional revenue dedicated for highway maintenance and operation, (iv) increasing transportation's share of year-end surpluses to 75 percent, (v) dedicating a portion of revenue growth each year to transportation, and (vi) requiring localities to create transportation plans as part of comprehensive planning.

The bill also authorizes the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to name highways, bridges, interchanges, and other transportation facilities for private entities if an annual naming rights fee is paid, with the revenue dedicated to highway maintenance and operation. The bill also charges the CTB with greater responsibilities involving integration of land use and transportation planning and authorizes the CTB to withhold federal and state funds for certain local or regional capital improvement projects if those projects are inconsistent with the Statewide Transportation Plan or the Six-Year Improvement Program. Provision is made for use of "revenue-sharing" funds for secondary highway system maintenance projects carried out by local governments. The bill also provides for special allocations by the CTB for bridge reconstruction, high priority highway projects, and reconstruction of highways with particularly deteriorated pavements. It also provides for the performance of maintenance projects directly by VDOT when it can be demonstrated to the Commissioner or the CTB that VDOT can do it at lesser cost than an outside contractor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12101931D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/25/2012Rereferred from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB639)
02/09/2012Reported from Finance with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Committee substitute printed 12105116D-S1
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Read second time
02/14/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105116D-S1
02/14/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB639S1
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Passed Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Placed on Calendar
02/16/2012Read first time
02/16/2012Referred to Committee on Finance
02/20/2012Reported from Finance with substitute (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Committee substitute printed 12105514D-H1
02/21/2012Read second time
02/22/2012Read third time
02/22/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105514D-H1
02/22/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB639H1
02/22/2012Passed House with substitute (67-Y 32-N)
02/22/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB639S1)
02/24/2012House substitute rejected by Senate (12-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012House substitute rejected by Senate (11-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012House insisted on substitute
02/27/2012House requested conference committee
02/28/2012Senate acceded to request (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
02/28/2012Senators: Wagner, Watkins, Puckett
02/29/2012Conferees appointed by House
02/29/2012Delegates: Lingamfelter, Jones, Dance
03/06/2012Pursuant to Senate Rule 39(a)
03/06/2012Passed by temporarily
03/06/2012Senate requested second conference committee
03/06/2012Second conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2012Senators: Wagner, Watkins, Puckett
03/06/2012House acceded to request for second conference committee
03/06/2012Second conferees appointed by House
03/06/2012Delegates: Lingamfelter, Jones, Dance
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by House (58-Y 36-N)
03/10/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (58-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Conference substitute printed 12106047D-S2
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Chair votes Yes
03/15/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB639ER)
03/15/2012Signed by Speaker
03/17/2012Signed by President
03/23/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB639ER)
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 733 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0733)


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 7 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1248.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

The bill also authorizes the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to name highways, bridges, interchanges, and other transportation facilities for private entities if an annual naming rights fee is paid...

Take 29 south to Blackwater Xe Academi Highway, and take the Philip Morris Altria Exit to Cellular One Cingular Boulevard. Your destination, Andersen Consulting Accenture Way, will be on your right, immediately after Jack Daniels Smooth-Sipping Whiskey Avenue, across from Planned Parenthood Abortions Lane.

What could possibly go wrong?