Revenues and appropriations of State; changes to revenues collected and distribution. (SB1355)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), and Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


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.

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Bill Has Failed


01/18/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103787D
01/18/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1355)
01/23/2013Rereferred from Transportation (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Rereferred to Finance
01/30/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1355)
01/31/2013Reported from Finance with substitute (10-Y 5-N)
01/31/2013Reported from Finance (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Read second time
02/05/2013Passed by temporarily
02/05/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2013Floor substitute printed 13104913D-S1 (Newman)
02/05/2013Substitute by Senator Newman rejected 13104913D-S1 (18-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Amendments by Senator Newman withdrawn
02/05/2013Floor substitute printed 13104904D-S2 (Wagner)
02/05/2013Substitute by Senator Wagner rejected 13104904D-S2 (7-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
02/05/2013Recommitted to Finance
02/06/2013Left in Finance


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 1 hour.