Tax-paid contraband cigarettes; possession with intent to distribute, penalties. (HB479)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Counterfeit and contraband cigarettes; penalties.  Imposes criminal penalties for possessing and selling contraband and counterfeit cigarettes, establishes legal limits for possession of tax-paid cigarettes by parties outside the legitimate distribution chain, and establishes a limit on retail sales of tax-paid cigarettes. The bill revises the definition of counterfeit cigarettes and creates the Cigarette Enforcement Fund to receive civil penalties and aid the law-enforcement agencies that discover and investigate violations of excise tax requirements. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101446D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB479)
01/28/2012Impact statement from TAX (HB479)
01/31/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/08/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 2-N)
02/10/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Committee substitute printed 12105286D-H1
02/12/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105286D-H1
02/13/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB479H1
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (100-Y 0-N)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2012Impact statement from TAX (HB479H1)
02/22/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Committee substitute printed 12105606D-S1
02/24/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105606D-S1
02/27/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB479S1
02/27/2012Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Placed on Calendar
02/29/2012Senate substitute agreed to by House 12105606D-S1 (96-Y 0-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB479ER)
03/05/2012Impact statement from TAX (HB479ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
03/23/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 362 (effective 7/1/12)
03/23/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0362)


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 1 minute.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB347.