Motor vehicles; fuels sales tax in certain transportation districts. (SB742)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk)

Progress

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

Description

Motor vehicle fuels sales tax in certain transportation districts. Changes the regional gas tax in Hampton Roads to a cents per gallon tax that decreases as the price of gas increases. The tax would be imposed on the basis of the price of gas as determined by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles using a prescribed formula to calculate the average wholesale price. Amends § 58.1-2295, § 58.1-2299.20, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

02/24/2016: In Subcommittee

History

DateAction
01/22/2016Presented and ordered printed 16104266D
01/22/2016Referred to Committee on Finance
02/01/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB742)
02/09/2016Reported from Finance with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Committee substitute printed 16104968D-S1
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Read second time
02/11/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104968D-S1
02/11/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB742S1
02/12/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB742S1)
02/12/2016Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Placed on Calendar
02/17/2016Read first time
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Finance
02/24/2016Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
02/26/2016Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017
02/29/2016Continued to 2017 in Finance

Video

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 18 minutes.

Transcript

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

FOR THE DAY. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THAT BILL WILL GO BIFOR THE DAY. SENATE BILL 742, A BILL RELATING TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE FUELS SALES TAX IN CERTAIN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICTS. I MOVE THAT SENATE BILL 74 PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE MOTION. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER AND LANE OF THE SENATE A FEW YEARS BACK WE PASSED HOUSE BILL 2313 WHICH SET UP A STATEWIDE NEW MECHANISM FOR RAISING REVENUES THAT ULTIMATELY RESULTED IN SOME BILLION DOLLARS OF NEW REVENUES BEING RAISED TO BE USE THE STATEWIDE. IT ALSO ESTABLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME A HAMPTON ROADS TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION WHOSE SOLE PURPOSE IS TO WITH AN ADDITIONAL EFFORT FROM OUR REGION TO BE ABLE TO RAISE MONEY TO FOCUS ON IDENTIFIED CONGESTION RELIEVING TUNNEL BRIDGE AND ROAD PROJECTS. SIMILARLY, NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA HAD IN EXIST -- NORTHERN VIRGINIA HAD A SIMILAR SHORT THAT COLLECTS AN ADDITIONAL FEE ON MOTOR FUEL SALES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO BE USED ON A VARIETY OF PROJECTS SPRINKLED VIRTUALLY EVERY JURISDICTION IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. IN THE COURSE OF NEGOTIATING THE BILL AND I WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE FINAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE HOUSE WE FELL UPON THE IDEA AT THE TIME GASOLINE WAS VERY EXPENSIVE AND IT WAS PURPORTED TO SAY MAYBE WE BETTER PUT A FLOOR, GASOLINE PRICES MIGHT ACTUALLY GO DOWN. IT WAS ALMOST LAUGHED AT IN THE COMMITTEE BUT WE DID PUT THE FLOOR IN FOR THE STATEWIDE. IN THE RUSH TO GET THE BILL DONE AFTER MANY DAYS OF LONG-TERM NEGOTIATIONS WE DIDN'T PUT THE FLOORS IN ON THE REGIONAL TAXES. I THINK ALL OF US HAVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IS HAS GONE ON OVER THE INTERVENING FEW YEARS NOW. ALL OF US ARE THE BENEFICIARIES ARE VERY LOW FUEL PRICES. WHAT HAPPENED IS BECAUSE OF THE PRECIPITOUS DROP IN FUEL AND THE FACT THERE WAS NO FLOORS PUT IN IN EITHER THE HAMPTON ROADS OR NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL AUTHORITIES NO FLOOR WAS PUT IN WE HAVE SEEN A PRECIPITOUS DROP IN THE AMOUNT OF DOLLARS COLLECTED. I DON'T LIVE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA BUT I HAVE MY DOOR OPENED A FEW TIMES WHEN PEOPLE FROM STAFFORD COUNTY SAYING ALL THAT MONEY THAT WE RAISED WENT TO OUR COSTS AND EXPENSE FOR THE JUNIOR RAIL EXPRESS. I HEARD FOLKS FROM PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY THEIR ENTIRE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM WAS BASED ON REGIONAL FOUNDS AND I'M SURE THEY COULD TELL US THE IMPACT IN THE AREA AND TAKING 2.1% OF THE FUELSANCE WE SEE THE SAME THING. RIGHT NOW THERE IS SERIOUS TALK AND IF YOU SEE THE BILLS OUT OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THE NEED TO HAVE TO PUT UP TOLLS ON KEY CROSSES IN OUR AREA IN ORDER TO MAKE THE MONEY WORK. IN ORDER TO BUILD THESE CROSSINGS BECAUSE OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN AS A DROP IN COLLECTIONS THAT IS FORCING THIS KIND OF VIEW. SO IN ORDER TO ADDRESS IT, WHAT I DID FOR THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA IS SAY LET'S GO BACK TO THE WAY IT USED TO BE STATEWIDE WHICH IS A PER GALLON TAX. AND THIS PER GALLON TAX IS ACTUALLY A 14 CENTS WHILE THE GAS PRICES ARE HERE AND RUNNING UP TO SOME $2.50 A GALLON FROM $2.50 TO $3 WHOLESALE, GOES DOWN TO 8 CENTS AND ABOVE THREE DOLLARS GOES DOWN TO 4 CENTS. WHAT THIS MEANS IS NOT ONLY A TAX INCREASE WHILE THE GAS PRICES ARE SO CHEAP BUT LASS TAX DECREASE OVER THE EXISTING LEGISLATION IF GAS PRICES GET UP TO WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE. BECAUSE 2.1% OF $3 IS 6 CENTS. AT $3 IT IS FIVE CENTS A GALLON AND CONTINUED TO GO UP AND UP AND UP. THE GAS SYSTEM IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HAMPTON ROAD ARE REGRESSIVE TAXES. WHEN THE CITIZENS CAN LEAST AFFORD THE GAS BILLS THEY WILL BE PAYING THE MOST TAXES. THINK ABOUT THAT. IT COULD GO TO $10 A GALLON AND STILL A PERCENTAGE OF THE PRICE AND LEAST AFFORD TO PAY GAS IS GOING UP. WHAT NORTHERN VIRGINIA HAS DONE IS PUT INTO PLACE IN THEIR SECTION OF THE BILL AT THEIR REQUEST A 3% AT $3 A GALLON. IN OTHER WORDS, A FIXED RATE. $3.17 A GALLON. AND AT 3%. A FIXED RATE. WHICH WILL PROVIDE A CONSTANT SOURCE OF REVENUE THAT WILL ONLY GO UP IF MORE FUEL IS BEING USED IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. AND STATISTICS SUGGEST THAT MORE FUEL IS BEING USED AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH AND WHAT NORTHERN VIRGINIA HAS DONE IS WE HAVE GONE FROM THE PERCENTAGE TAX WITH THIS BILL BACK TO A PER GALLON TAX. WHAT IS DOES WHEN YOU RUN OUT IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS IN HAMPTON ROADS WHAT THAT DOES IS CREATE A VERY LARGE CASH FLOW NOW WHILE GAS PRICES ARE SO CHEAP. IT MEANS THAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THE PROJECTS WE IDENTIFIED WITHOUT TOLLS AND WITHOUT THE NEED TO BROTHER FOR A LONG TIME. -- BORROW FOR A LONG TIME. WE MAY HAVE TO BORROW, THE LARGE BRIDGE, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WILL BE BECAUSE THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL NOT TELL US FOR TWO YEARS. WHAT IT MEANS IS WE WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD THESE AND USE CASH FLOW AND MAY NOT HAVE TO BORROW A NICKEL AT ALL. I WANT YOU TO THINK WHAT THAT MEANS IF WE DON'T HAVE TO BORROW THAT MEANS EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE ARE ASKING OUT OF THE TAXPAYERS' POCKET IS A DOLLAR GOING TO CONSTRUCTION. THE SECOND SECOND WE THROW TOLLS UP AND CONSTRUCTION GIVE ME TWO DOLLARS AND I WILL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR WORTH OF CONSTRUCTION. THE REST OF THE MONEY IS GOING TO THE EASY PASS SYSTEM AND WALL STREET IN THE FORM OF BOND PAYMENTS. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I HAVE A HARD TIME ASKING TAXPAYERS TO GET DOLLARS OUT OF THEIR POCKET. WHEN I SEE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IT IS THE ONLY WAY THAT WE CAN GET IT DONE. BUT I DON'T THEN WANT TO TAKE ANOTHER DOLLAR AND SAY WE ARE GOING TO GIVE IT TO WALL STREET AND GIVE IT TO EASE. PASSES. HECK, WE HAD A BILL IN SENATE FINANCE THIS YEAR THAT ASKED FOR $750,000 FOR A $10 ADJUSTMENT ON EASY PASSES SOME WHERE. BECAUSE THERE WAS I FORGET HOW MANY BUT WORKED OUT TO $750,000 BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT SOMEONE WAS ASKING FOR TO BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH THE MONEY TO PAY BACK THE CONSUMERS THAT HAD THIS. NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE 7.5 MILLION WHEN EVERYBODY HAS TO HAVE THE EASY PASSES. WE HAVE SEEN IN OUR AREA WHAT TOLLS HAVE DONE IN TERMS OF ISOLATING SECTIONS OF OUR CITY. AND I THINK THE SENATOR FROM PORTSMOUTH KNOWS BETTER THAN ANYBODY SITTING HERE THAT THIS MEANS. WE DON'T WANT TO PUT UP MORE BARRIERS AND TOLLS AT A TIME WHEN IT IS CRITICAL THAT IN MY REGION WE START ACTING A LIKE A REGION AND WE HAVE GOT TO DO THAT AND ONE OF THE WAYS WE HELP DO THAT IS ENSURE THAT WE DON'T PUT BARRIERS UP IN THE FORM OF TOLL BOOTHS ON KEY CROSSINGS IN THE AREA. THE PROPOSAL FROM THE HOUSE IS WE WILL HAVE HOT LANES AND THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. IN OUR AREA, THEY ARE NOT NEEDED. IF WE MAKE THIS EFFORT NOW WE CAN GET IT DONE. NO TOLLS. NO HIGH LANES AND WE MAY NOT HAVE TO BORROW MONEY AT ALL. IF WE DO IT WILL BE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT YEARS DOWN THE ROAD WHEN WE FIND OUT WHAT THE ACTUAL CROSS OF THE THIRD CROSSING IS GOING TO BE. I RENEW MY MOTION TO PASS THE BILL. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF WHAT THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA BEACH IS DOING. LET ME EXPLAIN THIS. BACK WE GOT THE METRO TAX BACK IN 1980, MY FIRST YEAR IN THE SENATE. AND WHEN WE GOT IT ORIGINALLY, IT WAS 4% OF THE RETAIL PRICE. AND TWO YEARS LATER, A BILL PUT IT BACK TO 2% AND IT HAS BEEN LIKE THAT, IT WAS LIKE THAT AT THE RETAIL PRICE UNTIL AROUND 2010 OR 2011. THEN WE CHANGED IT TO HAVE THE WHOLESALER COLLECT IT AND REMITT IT AND THE REASON WAS THAT SOME OF THE DEALERS WERE VASTLY UNDERREPORTING WHAT THE RETAIL SALES WERE ON GASOLINE. AND TO MAKE UP FOR THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A DROP BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, BASING IT ON THE RETAIL PRICE AND BASING IT ON THE WHOLESALE PRICE TOOK IT TO 2.1%. IT WAS MY BILL. SO THAT MADE UP FOR MOST OF IT. OKAY. THE DAY THAT WE PUT THAT 2013 DATE IN THERE WAS FEBRUARY 20, 2013. THAT WAS A TUESDAY. ON FEBRUARY 16 OF 2013 THAT WAS A FRIDAY, THAT WAS THE HIGHEST PRICE THAT GASOLINE ON AVERAGE HAD BEEN IN AMERICA SINCE JULY 18, 2008. THAT WAS A FRIDAY. ON THE FOLLOWING MONDAY, OF THAT JULY AND GIVE YOU AN IDEA, CRUDE OIL WAS $148 A BARREL ON JULY 18, 2008. THEN, ON MONDAY, JULY 21, IT DROPPED $20 A BARREL AND THE GAS PRICE STARTED TO PLUNGE. NATIONWIDE, THE RETAIL AVERAGE GOT DOWN TO $1.90 A GALLON IN FEBRUARY OF 2009. THEN IT STARTED HEADING BACK UP AGAIN AND REACHED THE HIGH POINT ON FEBRUARY 16. THE WHOLESALE PRICE OF GASOLINE IN VIRGINIA NOW IS NOW BELOW $1 A GALLON, OKAY. LET ME REPEAT THAT. IT IS NOW BELOW A DOLLAR A GALLON. AND WHEN WE PASSED THIS AT 3 ABOUTERS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND IN TIDEWATER WAS NETTING 6 CENTS A GALLON IN FEBRUARY OF 2013. NOW, IT IS NETTING 2 CENTS A GALLON. IN FACT, A LITTLE LESS. WELL, 2 CENTS A GALLON, OKAY. THAT IS A DROP OF 4 CENTS A GALLON. WHAT THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA SEGMENT OF THIS BILL DOES IS IT PUTS IT AT 3% INSTEAD OF 2 AND TIES TO THE FEBRUARY 20 DATE WHICH IS WHAT WE TIED THE STATE GASOLINE TAX WHOLESALE PRICE TO ON THAT FEBRUARY 20 DATE. TIES IT TO THAT. AS A RESULT, NORTHERN VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT THEY WILL THE GASOLINE TAX WOULD GO FROM THE 2 CENTS TODAY AND KEEP IN MIND IT WAS 6 CENTS THREE YEARS AGO, IT WILL TAKE IT UP TO 9 CENTS A GALLON. AN INCREASE OF 7 CENTS OVER WHAT IT IS TODAY, BUT AND ONLY 3 CENTS MORE THAN WHAT IT WAS THEN. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW VOLATILE THE WHOLESALE MARKET AND ULTIMATELY AFFECTS AS CAN IMAGINE AFFECTS THE RETAIL MARKET SINCE A WEEK AGO MONDAY THE WHOLESALE PRICE ON GASOLINE HAS FALLEN 20 CENTS A GALLON SINCE A WEEK AGO MONDAY NIGHT IT HAS FALLEN 20 CENTS A GALLON. AND I HAD, YOU KNOW, A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA IN MY OFFICE. THERE WERE ABOUT 16 PEOPLE I COUNTED. NOT A SINGLE ONE KNEW WHAT THE STATE GASOLINE TAX WAS. AND WE CAN'T BUILD THESE ROADS FOR FREE. WE TRIED FROM 1986 WHEN WE HAD THE SPECIAL SESSION UNTIL 2013 WE TRIED TO FIND CONTRACT HES WHO WOULD POUR THAT CONCRETE AND ASPHALT FOR FREE. AS A RESULT, THEY ALL WANTED TO BE PAID. DON'T ASK ME WHY. THEY ALL DEMAND TO BE PAID BUT WE DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THEM SO THAT IS WHY WE RAISED THE TAXES THAT WE DID. I WOULD HAVE DONE IT A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY BUT THAT IS THE WAY IT IS. SO WE NEED THIS. DON'T KID YOURSELF. YOU ARE EITHER GOING TO PAY TOLLS OR PAY A GASOLINE TAX OR BE DRIVING ON GRAVEL, OH. I THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO DO THAT THIS. I WISH WE COULD RUN THE STATE FOR FREE BY WE CAN'T. I WOULD HOPE THAT PEOPLE WOULD SUPPORT THIS. QUITE FRANKLY I DON'T KNOW ANY OTHER WAY TO BUILD ROADS UNLESS YOU WANT TO TAKE IT OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HIGHER ED, SOCIAL SERVICES OR PUBLIC SAFETY THAT IS THE ONLY PLACE YOU CAN GO OR YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE TAXES CAN GO THROUGH THE ROOF. QUITE FRANKLY THIS IS A BETTER WAY TO DO IT. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS CLEARLY A CRITICAL ISSUE FOR PART OF OUR REGION IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA EXTENDING NOT ONLY THROUGH FAIRFAX AND PRINCE WILLIAM, ALEXANDRIA DISTRICTS, JURISDICTIONS THAT I REPRESENT BUT ALSO GOING TO STAFFORD AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS SOUTH THAT DEPEND HEAVILY UPON THIS TAX TO PROVIDE TRANSIT SERVICES. IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY WE HAVE LIMITED SERVICES MUCH LESS EXTENSIVE THAN FAIRFAX, ALEXANDRIA ABOUT THE SAME AS IN LOUDOUN. LIMITED TO BUS SERVICES AND SRE THOSE ARE THE TWO SOURCES ARE TRANSIT AVAILABLE WITHIN THE REGION. THE BUS SERVICES THERE IS A LIMITED BUS SERVICE WITHIN THE COUNTY TO HELP PEOPLE PARTICULARLY THOSE WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES TO GET AROUND THE COUNTY AND GET TO JOBS AND MED APPOINTMENTS BUT IT IS ALSO CRITICAL FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO COMMUTE OUTSIDE THE COUNTY TO GET TO THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THE JOBS WITHIN THE COUNTY ARE FAIRLY LIMITED. THE BUSES RUNNING THESE PEOPLE TO HELP THEM COMMUTE TO THEIR JOBS AND TO GET HOME IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENINGS ARE EXTRAORDINARILY VALUABLE RESOURCE NOT ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE BUT THEY HAVE A HUGE IMPACT IN TAKING VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. IF WE ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP THE BUSES RUNNING TO HELP PEOPLE COMMUTE TO GET TO JOBS MANY WILL DRIVE AND ADD TO WHAT ARE ALREADY OVERLY CONGESTED ROADS. SO IT IS A DETRIMENT NOT ONLY TO THE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND UPON TRANSIT FOR BEING ABLE TO GET TO THEIR WORK AND GET AROUND THE COUNTY BUT WILL TOSS PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRIVATE VEHICLES SEUSSING THE ROADS AND WHO WILL FIND THAT THE ROADS ARE MUCH MORE CLOGGED IF WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES THAT WE HAVE BEEN. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE $3.17 PRICE THAT EXISTED WHEN THE 2013 LAW WENT INTO EFFECT AND THE PRICE WE HAVE NOW IS MUCH MORE THAN A 50% DECLINE. CLOSE TO A 60% DECLINE AT THE WHOLESALE PRICE OVER THAT PERIOD OF TIME. IT DEVASTATED THE FUNDING THAT STAFFORD COUNTY USES FOR VRE AROUND PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY TO HELP MAINTAIN THE BUS SYSTEM. THIS THOSE GO AWAY THERE WILL BE NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS ON THE ECONOMY AND COMMUTING TIMES FOR ALL RESIDENTS IN THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA AREA AND HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT. THIS LETS US GET BACK TO WHERE WE WERE AND IT IS CRITICAL TO OUR REGION TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. I WOULD HOPE THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WOULD PASS THE BILL TODAY. THE SENATOR FROM NEWPORT NEWS. THANK YOU, SPEAK TO THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. WE WERE TOLD THIS WOULD FUND OUR NEEDS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND HERE WE ARE DEN ASKING OUR CON AT THIS TIME WENTS TO ANTE UP ONE MORE TIME. IN HAMPTON ROADS THERE ARE SEVEN MAJOR PROJECTS COSTING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND WHAT HAMPTON ROADS WANTS TO DO IS DO ALL OF THOSE PROJECTS ALL AT ONCE. I WOULD LIKE TO REMODEL MY BATHROOM AND EXPAND MY GARAGE AND BUILD AN OFFICE IN THE ATTIC BUT I DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS AND I HAVE TO PRIORITIZE AND DO THEM ONE AT A TIME. I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS AND BUILD NOSE PROJECTS AS WE HAVE THE MONEY. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY COUNTY, SENATOR NORMENT.

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg): RISE IN SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGING THE BODY TO PASS SENATE 742. I WILL CONFESS I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ESOTERIC ARGUMENTS AND PRICING OF GASOLINE BUT I UNDERSTAND SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF US WHO HAPPEN TO BE IN THE PROFESSION OF PRACTICING LAW HERE AND IN OUR BUSINESS AND OUR PROFESSION TIME IS EQUAL TO MONEY. AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO TRAVEL ACROSS THE STATE AND SPEND A FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME PARTICULARLY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HAMPTON ROADS WAITING IN TRAFFIC THAT IS ERODING INTO OUR TIME WHICH MEANS LESS MONEY AND IF WE HAVE LESS MONEY PEOPLE LIKE ME WILL HAVE TO BUY JC PENNEY SUITS. SO I ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE FOR THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 742 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLS AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg): AYES 23, NOS 11.

[Unknown]: AYES 23, NOS 11.