Tolls; toll collection procedures, fees, etc. (HB1069)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Tolling civil penalties; period of nonpayment; limitations on tolling; notification of toll violations. The bill prohibits tolling any highway, bridge, or tunnel without approval of the General Assembly except in limited circumstances. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to allow E-ZPass account holders to provide an email or phone number and to electronically notify account holders of a toll violation and further requires toll operators to notify the Department of such toll violations. The bill amends the definition of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to ensure that mass transit vehicles and commuter buses meet the high-occupancy requirement. The bill lengthens from 30 to 60 days the period following notification of an unpaid toll on HOT lanes after which, if the toll is still unpaid, the owner or operator of the vehicle is in violation. The bill decreases the civil penalties for an unpaid toll violation on the HOT lanes, making them equal to civil penalties for other toll violations, and allows the HOT lanes operator to offer reduced civil penalties if the owner of the vehicle pays within 14 days prior to the hearing date, which is also permitted for other toll operators. For violations on any toll road, the bill provides that for a first court appearance there are reduced civil penalties and places a cap of $2,200 on civil penalties and administrative fees. Finally, the bill provides for a 10-day grace period for unpaid tolls and requires toll operators to attempt to process and collect unpaid tolls twice during such period. Amends § 46.2-208, § 46.2-819.1, § 46.2-819.3, § 46.2-819.3:1, § 46.2-819.6, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

04/20/2016: enacted

History

DateAction
01/13/2016Committee
01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103861D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/26/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #3
01/26/2016Assigned Tansportation sub: Subcommittee #3
01/26/2016Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #3
02/02/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
02/04/2016Committee substitute printed 16104873D-H1
02/04/2016Incorporates HB169
02/04/2016Reported from Transportation with substitute (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2016Assigned App. sub: Transportation
02/10/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 1-N)
02/12/2016Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Committee substitute printed 16105418D-H2
02/12/2016Incorporates HB169
02/13/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute from Transportation rejected 16104873D-H1
02/15/2016Committee substitute from Appropriations agreed to 16105418D-H2
02/15/2016Amendment A by Delegate Marshall, R.G. rejected
02/15/2016Amendment B by Delegate Marshall, R.G. withdrawn
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1069H2
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House (85-Y 12-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
03/02/2016Reported from Transportation with substitute (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Committee substitute printed 16106002D-S1
03/02/2016Incorporates HB1070
03/02/2016Incorporates HB169
03/02/2016Rereferred to Finance
03/07/2016Reported from Finance with amendment (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Read second time
03/08/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Reading of substitute waived
03/08/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16106002D-S1
03/08/2016Reading of amendment waived
03/08/2016Committee amendment agreed to
03/08/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB1069S1
03/08/2016Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2016Placed on Calendar
03/09/2016Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 16106002D-S1 (89-Y 10-N)
03/09/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (89-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2016Reconsideration of Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House
03/09/2016Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 16106002D-S1 (85-Y 14-N)
03/09/2016VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (85-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2016Enrolled
03/11/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1069ER)
03/11/2016Signed by Speaker
03/14/2016Signed by President
03/16/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/16/16
03/16/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/07/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1069ER)
04/08/2016Governor's recommendation received by House
04/20/2016Placed on Calendar
04/20/2016House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 2-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 2-N)
04/20/2016Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/20/2016Reenrolled
04/20/2016Reenrolled bill text (HB1069ER2)
04/20/2016Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/20/2016Signed by President as reenrolled
04/20/2016Enacted, Chapter 753 (effective - see bill)
04/20/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0753)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 27 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

AMEND AND REENACT SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA, REPEAL ANOTHER, AN AN ENACTMENT CLAUSE, ALL RELATING TO LIMITATIONS ON TOLLING, TOLL COLLECTION FEES AND PENALTIES, PERIOD OF NONPAYMENT, NOTICE OF NONPAYMENT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM PRINCE WILLIAM, MR. MARSHALL.

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas): MR. SPEAKER, ADDRESSING THE MEASURE?

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE FLOOR.

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas): THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[Unknown]: MR. SPEAKER, SOME PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME WHERE IS THIS MONEY GOING TO GO FROM THESE TOLLS. WELL, WE DON'T NEED THE TOLLS TO WIDEN A PORTION OF 66 INSIDE THE BELTWAY. THE GOVERNOR SAID HE IS GOING TO DO THAT WITH SOME FEDERAL MONEY. HERE'S ONE PLACE THEY'RE GOING TO GOOD, HERE'S AN ARTICLE IN THE "WASHINGTON POST," METRO HIRES TOP BANKRUPTCY LAWYER TO ADVISE THE AGENCY ON FIXING ITS TROUBLED FINANCES. SO THE TOLLS ARE GOING TO GO TO METRO, WHICH IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE, AND HAS CAPITAL NEEDS WAY BEYOND WHAT VIRGINIA CAN PAY BUT BOY WE'RE GOING TO TRY. NOW, THE THE SECOND PART, I SENT A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO THE ADMINISTRATION, WANTED TO KNOW THE COST OF THE BRIDGES THAT WILL BE WIDENED, NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE RECONSTRUCTED, OUTSIDE OF THE BELTWAY. THIS WAS THEIR ANSWER OR RESPONSE, RATHER, DECEMBER 4, 2015, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOME OF THE RECORDS YOU HAVE REQUESTED RELATED TO PROJECTED COSTS FOR WIDENING BRIDGES ARE EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER THE CODE OF VIRGINIA TO PROTECT THE NEGOTIATING POSITION OF VDOT. WELL, IT DOESN'T SAY WE'RE PROTECTING THE TAXPAYER. WE ARE PROTECTING THE NEGOTIATING PROVISION OF AND WHO ARE THEY NEGOTIATING VDOT. WITH? WELL, ONE OR MORE OF THESE COMPANIES WHO ARE GOING TO DO THESE TOLLS, TRANS URBAN IS ONE OF THEM THAT DOES THESE EXPENSIVE PENALTIES, AND THEIR AMERICAN SUBSIDIARY, WHICH WILL BE OPERATING THIS. I THINK THEY ARE HEADQUARTERED IN AUSTRALIA. NONE OF THE COST FIGURES WERE MADE AVAILABLE. NOW, THE EMPLOYEES OF VDOT KNOW IT, BUT THIS BODY CANNOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. NOW, REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU HAD THESE PAID FOR, $17 TOLLS INSIDE THE BELTWAY, WELL, WHAT'S COMING, MR. SPEAKER? WELL, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S COMING. $61 TOLLS. FROM HEY MARKET AND UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, IF YOU WANT TO RIDE ROUND TRIP ALL THE WAY INTO D.C. BUT WAIT, NO. IT'S NOT JUST $61. IT MIGHT BE $69. WHERE DID I GET THESE FIGURES WHERE? THANK YOU FOR ASKING. I LOOKED AT TRANS URBAN'S WEBSITE FOR THE COST OF THESE TOLLS ON 95. REMEMBER A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, OUR COLLEAGUE FROM FAIRFAX, WITH THE ABUSIVE DRIVERS' FEES? A BIG CONTROVERSY. REMEMBER THE FALL OF THE CONTROVERSY, OVER $17 A DAY TOLLS? WHAT DO YOU THINK VIRGINIANS ARE GOING TO THINK WHEN THEY WAKE UP AND FIND OUT THAT THIS BODY IS SETTING UP CONDITIONS, AND THERE WILL BE A BOND BILL COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE, FOR $69 A DAY TOLLS? WHAT IS THE MINIMUM WAGE? WHAT IS IT, 7.25 AN HOUR? A PERSON MAKING THE MINIMUM WAGE CANNOT DRIVE ON THIS ROAD BUT FOR THREE DAYS. THEY'RE GOING TO BE TAKEN OFF THE ROAD. THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO IT. THAT'S WHY I SOMETIMES AGREE WITH PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT CLASS WARFARE. NOW, WHEN THIS BILL PASSES, THERE WILL BE THREE LANES LEFT FOR THE COMMONERS TO USE WHO DON'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR THE TOLLS. TWO LANES WILL BE HERE, 24/7, TOLLED. NO EXEMPTION. RESIDENTS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA WERE NOT TOLD ABOUT THIS. THEY WERE NOT GIVEN THE PRICES WHEN THE SURVEY WAS TAKEN. EVEN SO, A MAJORITY OPPOSED WHAT WAS GOING ON. IF YOU DON'T WANT THESE SIGNS IN YOUR NEXT CAMPAIGN, VOTE NO TO THIS BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM FAUQUIER, MR. WEBERT.

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall): THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. SPEAKING TO THE MEASURE?

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE FLOOR.

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall): WHILE THE BILL DOESN'T GO AS FAR AS I WOULD LIKE IT TO IN REGARD TO STOPPING TOLLING ON 66, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK -- I WOULD LIKE EVERYBODY TO THINK ABOUT THIS. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THIS BILL DOESN'T PASS? NORTHERN VIRGINIA, LOUDOUN, FAUQUIER? BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, THE BILL HAS LIMITS ON 17, 28, SEVEN, ALL THESE ROADS, IF THIS BILL DOESN'T PASS, THEY CAN TOLL. SO JUST THINK ABOUT THAT AS YOU GET READY TO PRESS HOPEFULLY GREEN. WHILE THE BILL DOESN'T GO AS FAR AS I WOULD LIKE IT TO, IT AT LEAST DOES PUT A LIMITATION ON THE PROCESS. THANK YOU.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM SUFFOLK, MR. JONES.

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): SPEAKING TO THE MEASURE?

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE FLOOR.

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): MR. SPEAKER, AS ALWAYS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PRINCE WILLIAM IS VERY ELOQUENT, DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE HIS FACTS EXACTLY CORRECT, BUT HE IS CLOSE MANY TIMES. HE HAS TALKED ABOUT FUNDING METRO. PER THE MEEKS CASE IN 2012, THE MONEY HAS TO STAY IN THE CORRIDOR, AND IT'S ONLY FOR NEW TRANSIT. IT CANNOT SUPPLANT EXISTING FUNDS IN THAT CORRIDOR. TO THE GENTLEMAN'S POINT IN FAUQUIER, IF YOU DO NOT PASS THIS BILL, THEN YOU -- THE LIMITED ACCESS, WHICH IS GOING TO BE IN THE LEGISLATION, THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO TOLL MANY DIFFERENT PARTS OF OUR HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH SO THIS LIMITS THE TOLLING. I WITH ASK THAT YOU PASS THE BILL.

[Unknown]: SHALL THE BILL PASS?

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 85, NOS 12. AYES 85, NOS 12, THE BILL
IDENTICAL TO A BILL PREVIOUSLY PASSED BY THE SENATE. I MOVE THAT IT PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL LAEB ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 36, NOS 2. AYES 36, NOS 2. THE BILL PASSES. HOUSE BILL 1069A BILL RELATING TO LIMITATIONS ON TOLLING, TOLL COLLECTION FEES, AND PENALTIES, PERIOD OF NONREPAYMENT, NOTICE OF NONPAYMENT. REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION WITH A SUBSTITUTE AND FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE WITH AMENDMENT. THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON, SENATOR CARRICO.

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THE SECOND CONSTITUTIONAL READING BE DISPENSED WITH AND THIRD BE -- BE PLACED ON THE THIRD READING.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR.

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson): EVER HOW THAT GOES.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): IT'S ALL GOOD. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE RULES BE SUSPENDED AND THE THIRD CONSTITUTIONAL READING BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 39, NOS 0. AYES 39, NOS 0. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON. NOW N PRESIDENT, CAN THE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO? THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY? WE'RE GOOD, OKAY? THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE SUBSTITUTE IS AGREED TO. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, HOUSE BILL 1069 AS SUBSTITUTED -- WE HAVE AN AMENDMENT THERE THAT NEEDS TO BE AGREED TO. DOES THE SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY COUNTY MAKE THAT MOTION? MR. PRESIDENT, NOW THAT THE SUBSTITUTE HAS BEEN ADOPTED, SKILLED THAT THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT -- I WOULD ASK THAT THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT WHICH WAS DRAWN TO THE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT BE AGREED ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO. WILL SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. NOW THAT THE BILL IS IN THE PROPER FORM, SPEAKING TO THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS THE TOLLING BILL THAT MOST EVERYONE HAS HEARD OF AND THIS BILL, IN THE FORM OF THE SUBSTITUTE NOW, REMOVES ALL THE TOLLING POLICIES THAT WE DEALT WITH IN A FLURRY OF BILLS OVER THE YEAR THAT WE HAVE PUT INTO A STUDY COMMISSION AND IS NOW IN THE FORM OF A SUBSTITUTE. IT IS DEALING WITH THE CONSUMER PROTECTION PARTS OF IT. THIS BILL REQUIRES VDOT TO TEXT AND EMAIL EASY PASS ACCOUNT HOLDERS WHEN THEY HAVE UNPAID TOLLS AND HAVE TO NOTIFY THEM TWICE AT A FOUR AND A HALF DAYS TO EIGHT DAYS. IT LENGTHENS THE TIMEFRAME FROM 30 TO 60 DAYS AND THE TIME PERIOD BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATIVE FEE INCREASES FROM 25 TO $100 FOR THOSE VIOLATIONS TO TAKE PLACE. ON THE HOT LANE, IT MAKES SURE THAT THE MASS TRANSIT VEHICLES AND COMMUTER BUS TOLL VIOLATIONS ON HOT LANES DECREASES THE CIVIL PENALTIES OF THOSE UNPAID BILLS. THE VIOLATIONS ON THE TOLL ROADS ARE CAPPED AT $2200 IN CIVIL PENALTIES AND FINALLY, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR A 10-DAY GRACE PERIOD OF UNPAID TOLLS. THE OTHER PART OF THE SUBSTITUTE INCORPORATES HOUSE BILL 1070 INTO IT, WHICH ALLOWS THE COMMONWEALTH TO ENTER INTO A RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT WITH OTHER STATES TO ENFORCE THE UNPAID TOLLS TO VIRGINIA WHICH AMOUNTED TO ABOUT $20 MILLION, AND WILL TREAT OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS THE SAME WAY AS WE TREAT VIRGINIANS. IT IS ENSURES THAT THE TOLLS ARE TRAFFIC INFRACTIONS AND CLEARS UP ANY CONFUSION ABOUT THIS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN FOUND TO BE TRAFFIC INFRACTIONS BY THE COURT. THIS BILL IS A -- IT INCLUDES EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN 1069 AND 1070 EXCEPT FOR THE POLICY ISSUES ON THE TOLL LANES AND I WOULD ASK THAT WE PASS THE BILL. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERSEN.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): THE GENTLEMAN RESUME THE FLOOR FOR A QUESTION?

[Unknown]: SENATOR GRAYSON YAELD FOR A QUESTION?

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): I YIELD.

[Unknown]: HE YEEDS, SENATOR. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN, I'M JUST LOOKING AT SECTION -- SUBSECTION E HERE WHICH TALKS ABOUT THE FIRST CONVICTION SHALL NOT EXCEED $2200 RECORD LAST OF THE TOTAL -- REGARDLESS OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF OFFENSES. MY QUESTION OF THE GENTLEMAN, WHERE DID THE NUMBER 2200 COME FROM? THERE WAS MUCH CONVERSATION ABOUT THE $2200. WE TALKED WITH TRANS-URBAN, WHICH CURRENTLY THERE'S NO CAP ON WHAT THEY CAN CHARGE, AND THEY BASICALLY HAD CAPPED THOSE FEES AT $2200 TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND ATTORNEY FEES WHEN THEY HAVE TO GO TO COURT FOR THOSE VIOLATIONS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 1069 PASS. MR. PRESIDENT. THE SENATOR FROM EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY, SENATOR SUROVELL.

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon): WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM GRAYSON YAELD FOR A QUESTION?

[Unknown]: WOT SENATOR FROM GRAY I DON'T KNOW SEALED FOR A QUESTION -- GRAYSON YIELD FOR A QUESTION?

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon): BE HAPPY TO, MR. PRESIDENT.

[Unknown]: I HEARSE THE GENTLEMAN SAY THIS CLEARS UP CONFUSION ABOUT WHETHER THESE ARE TRAFFIC INFRACTIONZ OR NOT. IS IT CORRECT THAT THIS BILL CHANGES THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS THAT HAVE FOUND BY AT LEAST THE COURTS OF THE STATE THAT LOOKED AT THIS SO FAR, FROM A ONE-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, TO A TWO-YEAR, WHICH NO OTHER TRAFFIC OFFENSE IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA HAS? THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON. I WOULD ANSWER THE YES I COULDN'T ANSWER IF THERE'S -- AREN'T THE GENTLEMEN THAT THERE'S NOTHING IN THE -- I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S NOTHING IN THE CODE THAT DOES A TWO-YEAR, BUT IT DOES DO A TWO-JEER. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR ANOTHER QUESTION? WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YAELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION? I YIELD. HE YIELDS, SENATOR. I WOULD PROFFER TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT THERE IS NO TRAFFIC OFFENSE IN THE STATE THAT HAS A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS GREATER THAN ONE YEAR, BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, IS IT ALSO STILL THE CASE UNDER THIS BILL THAT YOU CAN GET STEPPED UP IN YOUR FINES, THAT IS, YOU CAN GO FROM A $100 FINE ALL THE WAY TO A $500 FINE FOR A FOURTH OFFENSE WITHOUT EVER HAVING BEEN CONVICTED OF A FIRST OFFENSE BEFORE YOU GET STEPPED UP? IN OTHER WORDS, YOU CAN GET CHARGED WITH FOUR OFFENSES WITH AN ESCALATING FINE EACH TIME EVEN THOUGH YOU'VE NEVER BEEN CONVICTED OF ONE FIRST. THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON. YEAH, I THINK THE WAY THAT IT GOES, AND I WANT TO GET THIS RIGHT, 25, 100, 250, AND THEN 5. I THINK THE WAY IT STEPS UP. THE SENATOR FROM EASTERN WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR FAIRFAX. ONE LAST QUESTION? THE SENATOR YAELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION. IF HE PROMISES IT'S ONE LAST QUESTION. HE YIELDS, SENATOR. ONE LAST QUESTION. JUST SO I'M CLEAR ABOUT THIS, SO I'M CLEAR WHAT WE'RE VOTING ON, IF YOU DON'T PAY, SAY, A DOLLAR TOLL FOUR TIMES IN TWO DAYS, IT'S GONE BACK AND FORTH, GONE BACK AND FORTH, THAT YOU WILL BE SUED FOR 50, 150, 400, $900 FOR FOUR DOLLARS IN TOLLS PLUS FEES AND COSTS AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR NOT PAYING, SAY, FOUR DOLLARS IN TOLLS? IS THAT UNDER THAT BILL WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE FOR? THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON. I WOULD ANSWER THE GENTLEMAN THAT IS CORRECT, THAT IF YOU VIOLATE THE LAW AND DON'T PAY THE FINES, THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE. THANK YOU, SENATOR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 1069 ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED?


[Unknown]: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE, MR. TOSCANO, MOVES THAT HAVING VOTED ON THE PREVAILING SIDE BY WHICH WE AGREED TO THE SENATE SUBSTITUTE, THE HOUSE BILL 1069, WE RECONSIDER THAT VOTE. AS MANY AS FAVOR THAT MOTION WILL SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THAT MOTION IS AGREED TO. SHALL THE SENATE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO?

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville): THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Comments

Terry Danaher writes:

A substitute bill was offered in the Senate Transportation Committee this afternoon, March 2. It's a much better bill for constituents than the prior iteration, but it will need strong support to make it out of committee (if it wasn't tabled or sent to be studied). It will not be supported by potential private partners like Elizabeth River Crossings, that's for sure, and some members of the legislature are not going to like taking back responsibility for future projects that was given up by passing the PPTA of 1995.