Contraband cigarettes, tax-paid; increases penalty for possession with intent to distribute. (HB1783)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from co-patrons Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), and Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tax-paid contraband cigarettes; penalties. Increases the penalty for possession with intent to distribute more than 25 but fewer than 500 cartons of tax-paid cigarettes by a person other than an authorized holder from a Class 2 to a Class 1 misdemeanor for a first offense and from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony for a second or subsequent offense. The bill also imposes a Class 6 felony for possession, with intent to distribute, of 500 or more cartons of tax-paid cigarettes by a person other than an authorized holder and a Class 5 felony for a second or subsequent offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102168D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/09/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1783)
01/10/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1783)
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2013Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/31/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/2013Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Finance
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2013Referred to Committee on Finance
02/12/2013Rereferred from Fin. (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/13/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Passed Senate (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1783ER)
02/21/2013Signed by Speaker
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1783ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1783ER)
02/22/2013Signed by President
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 567 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0567)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.