Cigarettes; possession with intent to distribute contraband, fraudulent purchase. (SB1231)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patron Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


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


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102584D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1231)
01/21/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1231)
01/21/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2015Committee substitute printed 15104034D-S1
01/21/2015Rereferred to Finance
01/22/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1231S1)
01/29/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1231S1)
02/03/2015Reported from Finance with amendment (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Read second time
02/05/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104034D-S1
02/05/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/05/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1231ES1
02/05/2015Printed as engrossed 15104034D-ES1
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1231ES1)
02/06/2015Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1231ES1)
02/10/2015Placed on Calendar
02/10/2015Read first time
02/10/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/2015Reported from Appropriations with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Committee substitute printed 15105013D-H1
02/12/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1231H1)
02/12/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1231H1)
02/12/2015Read second time
02/13/2015Read third time
02/13/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105013D-H1
02/13/2015Amendment by Delegate Jones agreed to
02/13/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB1231H1
02/13/2015Passed House with substitute with amendment (61-Y 35-N)
02/13/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (61-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015House substitute with amendment rejected by Senate (0-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015House insisted on substitute with amendment
02/18/2015House requested conference committee
02/18/2015Senate acceded to request (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/18/2015Senators: Reeves, Howell, Carrico
02/18/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/18/2015Delegates: Herring, Gilbert, Lingamfelter
02/23/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2015Conference substitute printed 15105375D-S2
02/23/2015Conference report agreed to by House (74-Y 23-N)
02/23/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (74-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1231S2)
02/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1231S2)
02/25/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1231ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1231ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
02/27/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1231ER)
03/17/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 290 (effective 7/1/15)
03/17/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0290)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.