Revenues and appropriations of State; changes to revenues collected and distribution, report. (HB2313)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg) with support from 12 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach), Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Revenues and appropriations of the Commonwealth. Makes several changes to the revenues collected by the Commonwealth, and the distribution of such revenues, as follows:

The bill raises the registration fees for vehicles and trailers and designates these increased revenues for the Commonwealth Mass Transit Fund and the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund.

The bill raises the state sales and use tax from 4% to 4.8% and designates the increased revenues for the Commonwealth Transportation Fund.

The bill establishes procedures for the collection of the state sales and use tax from remote sellers for sales made in the Commonwealth, contingent upon the federal government passing legislation authorizing such collection. In the event that such revenues are collected, a portion of the revenues will be allocated to the localities with a stipulation that some of the funds be used by the locality for transportation needs and a portion of the revenues will be deposited in the Transportation Trust Fund.

The bill eliminates the statewide taxation of gasoline and blended fuel containing gasoline under the Virginia Fuels Act but leaves the current tax in place for other types of motor fuels.

The bill raises the annual license fee for electric vehicles from $50 to $100 and imposes the fee on hybrid electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles.

The bill repeals the application of the local sales and use tax to the sale of certain fuels used for domestic consumption, and replaces the revenue for the localities that imposed the sales and use tax with a portion of the new revenues generated by the bill.

The bill also makes several technical changes related to the administration of these provisions.

The provisions of the bill are effective July 1, 2013, except that the changes in the distribution of Fuels Act revenues related to the repeal of the tax on gasoline is effective July 1, 2014. Amends § 33.1-23.03:8, § 46.2-694, § 46.2-694.1, § 46.2-697, § 46.2-702.1, § 58.1-2201, § 58.1-2217, § 58.1-2237, § 58.1-2249, § 58.1-2251, § 58.1-2289, § 58.1-2292, § 58.1-2701, § 58.1-2702, § 58.1-2703, § 58.1-2704, § 58.1-2706, § 58.1-2708, § 58.1-601, § 58.1-602, § 58.1-603, § 58.1-604, § 58.1-604.1, § 58.1-605, § 58.1-606, § 58.1-608.3, § 58.1-609.1, § 58.1-612, § 58.1-614, § 58.1-615, § 58.1-625, § 58.1-626, § 58.1-635, § 58.1-638, § 58.1-639, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/18/2013 Presented and ordered printed 13103786D
  • 01/18/2013 Referred to Committee on Finance
  • 01/22/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB2313)
  • 01/30/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB2313)
  • 01/30/2013 Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/30/2013 Committee substitute printed 13104761D-H1
  • 01/31/2013 Incorporates HB2253
  • 01/31/2013 Incorporates HB1403
  • 01/31/2013 Incorporates HB1677
  • 01/31/2013 Incorporates HB1888
  • 01/31/2013 Incorporates HB1663
  • 01/31/2013 Incorporates HB1438
  • 02/01/2013 Read first time
  • 02/04/2013 Committee substitute rejected 13104761D-H1
  • 02/04/2013 Floor substitute printed 13104900D-H2 (Albo)
  • 02/04/2013 Passed by temporarily
  • 02/04/2013 Read second time
  • 02/04/2013 Committee substitute offered, no action taken 13104761D-H1
  • 02/04/2013 Substitute by Delegate Albo offered 13104900D-H2
  • 02/04/2013 Floor substitute printed 13104919D-H3 (Jones)
  • 02/04/2013 Substitute by Delegate Jones agreed to (60-Y 39-N) 13104919D-H3
  • 02/04/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (60-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/04/2013 Amendment by Delegate Dance and Delegate Peace agreed to
  • 02/04/2013 Amendments by Delegate Watts withdrawn
  • 02/04/2013 Amendment by Delegate Toscano rejected (33-Y 66-N)
  • 02/04/2013 VOTE: REJECTED (33-Y 66-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/04/2013 Amendment by Delegate Jones agreed to
  • 02/04/2013 Amendment by Delegate Marshall, R.G. rejected
  • 02/04/2013 Pending question ordered
  • 02/04/2013 Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendments HB2313H3
  • 02/04/2013 Printed as engrossed 13104919D-EH3
  • 02/05/2013 Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
  • 02/05/2013 VOTE: PASSAGE (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/05/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/05/2013 Referred to Committee on Finance
  • 02/12/2013 Reported from Finance with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/12/2013 Committee substitute printed 13105134D-S1
  • 02/13/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Read third time
  • 02/13/2013 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/13/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13105134D-S1
  • 02/13/2013 Reading of amendment waived
  • 02/13/2013 Amendment by Senator Wagner agreed to
  • 02/13/2013 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB2313S1
  • 02/13/2013 Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/13/2013 Senate substitute with amendment rejected by House 13105134D-S1 (19-Y 78-N)
  • 02/13/2013 VOTE: REJECTED (19-Y 78-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Reconsideration of Senate substitute with amendment rejected by House
  • 02/13/2013 Senate insisted on substitute with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Senate requested conference committee
  • 02/13/2013 House acceded to request
  • 02/13/2013 Conferees appointed by House
  • 02/13/2013 Delegates: Jones, Albo, Sherwood, O'Bannon, Ware, O.
  • 02/13/2013 Conferees appointed by Senate
  • 02/13/2013 Senators: Wagner, Norment, Watkins, Howell, Stosch
  • 02/18/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB2313EH3)
  • 02/22/2013 Passed by temporarily
  • 02/22/2013 Conference substitute printed 13105343D-H4
  • 02/22/2013 Pending question ordered
  • 02/22/2013 Conference report agreed to by House (60-Y 40-N)
  • 02/22/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (60-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/23/2013 Passed by temporarily
  • 02/23/2013 Conference report agreed to by Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/04/2013 Enrolled
  • 03/04/2013 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2313ER)
  • 03/04/2013 Signed by President
  • 03/05/2013 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/25/2013 Governor's recommendation received by House
  • 03/25/2013 Governor's substitute printed 13105691D-H5
  • 04/02/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 04/03/2013 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 766 (effective 7/1/13)
  • 04/03/2013 House concurred in Governor's recommendation (62-Y 36-N)
  • 04/03/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (62-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
  • 04/03/2013 Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to
  • 04/03/2013 House concurred in Governor's recommendation (64-Y 35-N)
  • 04/03/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (64-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
  • 04/03/2013 Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (26-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
  • 04/03/2013 G Governor's recommendation adopted
  • 04/03/2013 Reenrolled
  • 04/03/2013 Reenrolled bill text (HB2313ER2)
  • 04/03/2013 Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
  • 04/03/2013 Signed by President as reenrolled
  • 04/03/2013 Enacted, Chapter 766 (effective 7/1/13)
  • 04/03/2013 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0766)
  • 05/09/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB2313CHP)
  • 09/19/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB2313CHP)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 3 hours.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

If we cut eliminate the gas tax, then what's the point in increasing the license fee for electric or hybrid vehicles? The idea behind charging more for an electric vehicle is that they're not paying a gax tax, which is how we fund transportation. That makes sense. But if we eliminate the gas tax and instead increase the general sales tax, then how in the world does it make sense to charge more for electric vehicles? Their owners are paying just as much as the owners of gasoline-powered vehicles.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I don't smoke. Am I going to have to start paying a fee to compensate for my not paying the tobacco tax?

Joshua P. writes:

Is the Governor's campaign and career consultant not the oil and gas industry consultant Ralph Reed?

It seems Mr Reed tends to advise his political consulting clients to take steps that improve the profits of Mr Reeds gas and energy industry clients. I have read that these clients are fiscal benefactors of Mr Reeds campaign clients. When Virginia raised the speed limits as did Texas earlier it was a gift from this Governor to Mr Reeds oil and gas industry clients, urged by Mr Reed. Gas and diesel consumption increases significantly with each mph increase over 55. Eliminating any incentive to conserve fuel, like this gas tax, is another bone to throw Mr Reeds industry clients and another reason for them to fund Mr McDonnell's presidential aspirations. Everyone wins but Virginians.

The Governor is supposed to be working for the people of Virginia, not a private oil and gas industry or for Mr Reeds own personal profits. I find this to be a conflict of interest and inappropriate to the role of a statesman.

Common Sense writes:

This bill unfortunately passed the House -- but it was surprisingly close: 53-46 (and one R abstention). And although the completely counter-productive extra tax on energy-efficient hybrid cars is gone, the rest of the bill is the pathetic same -- too little raised by a regressive tax that fails to target actual users of Virginia roads, and a dangerous precedent set for taking education and health services money and diverting it to transportation.

The Governor released a statement after the Senate rejected this bill (yay!!!), saying that the House had passed it in "bipartisan" fashion. Technically, yes. All of 3 Democrats voted for the House version, while the remaining 28 voted against it. But McDonnell neglects to mention that a whopping SIXTEEN delegates from his own party -- many of them prominent -- voted AGAINST his plan as being untenable, etc.

I hope McDonnell enjoys his coming life of obscurity. You reap what you sow, dude.


This bill most likely has more to do with the New Pipeline and promise of "new" American JOBS out in the midwest. think NAFTA people.

Gregg writes:

I need gas money...can HRT give me a voucher?