Cigarettes; possession with intent to distribute contraband, fraudulent purchase. (HB1807)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), and Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cigarettes; possession with intent to distribute contraband; fraudulent purchase; penalties. Lowers the felony threshold for possession with intent to distribute tax-paid cigarettes from 500 cartons to 200 cartons and creates a criminal offense and civil penalties for purchasing cigarettes using a forged business license or a forged or invalid Virginia sales and use tax exemption certificate. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102585D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1807)
01/21/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1807)
01/30/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/02/2015Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 4-N)
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 4-N)
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2015Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (11-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Reconsidered by Courts of Justice
02/05/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Committee substitute printed 15104699D-H1
02/05/2015Substitute bill reprinted 15104699D-H1
02/05/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2015Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1807H1)
02/06/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/06/2015Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104699D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1807H1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (57-Y 43-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (57-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Committee substitute printed 15105147D-S1
02/17/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Read third time
02/18/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105147D-S1
02/18/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended HB1807S1
02/18/2015Passed Senate with substitute (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1807S1)
02/18/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1807S1)
02/19/2015Placed on Calendar
02/20/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105147D-S1 (0-Y 96-N)
02/20/2015VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2015House acceded to request
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2015Delegates: Herring, Gilbert, Lingamfelter
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2015Senators: Reeves, Howell, Carrico
02/26/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (71-Y 28-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (71-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1807ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1807ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1807ER)
03/17/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 273 (effective 7/1/15)
03/17/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0273)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 17 minutes.