Cigarettes; sale, purchase, possession, etc., for purpose of evading taxes, penalties. (HB1820)

Introduced By

Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), and Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unstamped cigarettes; sale, transport, possession, etc.; penalties. Provides that it is a Class 6 felony to sell, purchase, transport, receive, or possess 500 or more packages of unstamped cigarettes; under current law, the threshold is 3,000 or more packages. The Class 2 misdemeanor threshold is reduced from less than 3,000 to less than 500 packages. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102131D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1820)
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1820)
01/25/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (16-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 with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Committee substitute printed 13105165D-S1
02/14/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1820S1)
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105165D-S1
02/18/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1820S1
02/18/2013Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Placed on Calendar
02/19/2013Senate substitute agreed to by House 13105165D-S1 (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1820ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1820ER)
02/23/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1820ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 570 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0570)


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 2 minutes.