Cigarettes, tax-paid contraband; illegal distribution. (SB478)

Introduced By

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


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Illegal distribution of tax-paid contraband cigarettes. Substantially increases the civil penalties for possession with intent to distribute tax-paid contraband cigarettes by a person other than an authorized holder. Penalties are graduated based on the number of offenses and the amount that is currently the maximum fine is the minimum fine under the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102680D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Finance
01/14/2014Rereferred from Fin. (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2014Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/29/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/2014Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2014Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 4-N)
02/07/2014Placed on Calendar
02/07/2014Read first time
02/07/2014Referred to Committee on Finance
02/12/2014Referred from Finance
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/17/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 1-N)
02/21/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014Read second time
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Passed House (94-Y 6-N)
02/26/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB478ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/03/2014Signed by President
03/31/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 463 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0463)


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 4 minutes.