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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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02/04/2013Amendments by Delegate Watts withdrawn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