Unstamped cigarettes; sale, purchase, possession, etc., for purpose of evading taxes, penalties. (SB1018)

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


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 and a Class 5 felony for a second offense; under current law, the threshold is 3,000 or more packages and there is no heightened penalty for a second offense. The bill also provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor to sell fewer than 500 packages of unstamped cigarettes; under current law the threshold is fewer than 3,000 packages and is a Class 2 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102141D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Finance
01/10/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1018)
01/15/2013Rereferred from Fin. (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1018)
01/21/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (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
02/01/2013Bills placed in block (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/08/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
02/08/2013Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/12/2013Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/14/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/15/2013Committee substitute printed 13105256D-H1
02/15/2013Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1018H1)
02/19/2013Read second time
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105256D-H1
02/20/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1018H1
02/20/2013Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/20/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Passed by temporarily
02/21/2013House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Title replaced 13105256D-H1
02/23/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1018ER)
02/23/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1018ER)
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/27/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1018ER)
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 624 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0624)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 55 seconds.