Cigarette laws; administration and enforcement, etc. (HB853)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from co-patron Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Administration and enforcement of cigarette laws. Modifies several provisions relating to the administration and enforcement of Virginia's cigarette laws by providing that (i) violations of cigarette tax laws may be investigated by a multijurisdiction grand jury; (ii) counterfeit or unstamped cigarettes or cigarettes in the possession of an unauthorized holder may be assigned by court order for use by a law-enforcement undercover operation; (iii) a person convicted of possessing unstamped cigarettes would be ineligible to be an authorized holder of cigarettes; (iv) members of federal, state, and local law enforcement would be exempt from cigarette taxes when the cigarettes are used in the performance of investigatory duties; (v) manufacturers and distributors of cigarettes would be allowed to ship or deliver unstamped cigarettes to a law-enforcement agency for use in the performance of its duties; and (vi) where a sealed pack is labeled as containing cigarettes, such labeling would constitute prima facie evidence that the pack is a pack of cigarettes.


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102662D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
01/20/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (18-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2014Read first time
01/23/2014Assigned App. sub: Public Saftey
01/23/2014Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/23/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2014Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/03/2014Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Read first time
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/2014Engrossed by House as amended HB853E
02/06/2014Printed as engrossed 14102662D-E
02/07/2014Read third time and passed House (92-Y 4-N)
02/07/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB853E)
02/19/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/2014Read third time
02/24/2014Reading of amendments waived
02/24/2014Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2014Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2014Placed on Calendar
02/26/2014Senate amendments agreed to by House (83-Y 16-N)
02/26/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (83-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB853ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/04/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB853ER)
03/06/2014Signed by President
03/31/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 422 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0422)


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 4 minutes.