Tax-paid contraband cigarettes; possession with intent to distribute, penalties. (SB347)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


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 12101390D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB347)
01/28/2012Impact statement from TAX (SB347)
02/06/2012Committee substitute printed 12105125D-S1
02/06/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB347S1)
02/09/2012Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Committee substitute printed 12105323D-S2
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Read second time
02/14/2012Committee substitute rejected 12105125D-S1
02/14/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105323D-S2
02/14/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB347S2
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Placed on Calendar
02/16/2012Read first time
02/16/2012Referred to Committee on Finance
02/20/2012Impact statement from TAX (SB347S2)
02/20/2012Referred from Finance
02/20/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/23/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/27/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
02/27/2012Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/27/2012Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Read second time
02/29/2012Read third time
02/29/2012Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB347ER)
03/05/2012Impact statement from TAX (SB347ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
03/30/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 472 (effective 7/1/12)
03/30/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0472)


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 40 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB479.