Contraband cigarettes, tax-paid; increases penalty for possession with intent to distribute. (SB1017)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


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 13102140D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Finance
01/10/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1017)
01/15/2013Rereferred from Fin. (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/21/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2013Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2013Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2013Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/13/2013Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read second time
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/15/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1017ER)
02/20/2013Signed by Speaker
02/21/2013Signed by President
02/22/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1017ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1017ER)
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 623 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0623)


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 3 minutes.