Mass transit; establishing various Funds to improve transportation. (HB1539)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mass transit in the Commonwealth. Makes numerous changes to the administration of and revenues for mass transit in the Commonwealth, specifically as it relates to funding of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the disbursement of funds in the Commonwealth Mass Transit Fund. The bill sets a floor on the average price of fuel used to calculate the regional motor sales tax as the price of gas on February 20, 2013, the same floor that is used to calculate the state fuels tax. The bill uses a variety of existing revenue sources to allocate revenues for mass transit and authorizes the issuance of $50 million in bonds only for a required federal match. The provisions of the bill are contingent upon Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the federal government adopting similar actions to raise revenues for WMATA. This bill incorporates HB 1319 and is identical to SB 856. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18105516D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
02/01/2018Referred from Rules
02/01/2018Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/08/2018Reported from Transportation with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Committee substitute printed 18106962D-H1
02/08/2018Incorporates HB1319 (Sullivan)
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2018Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Committee substitute printed 18107016D-H2
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Passed by temporarily
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute from Transportation rejected 18106962D-H1
02/12/2018Committee substitute from Appropriations agreed to 18107016D-H2
02/12/2018Amendment by Delegate Hugo agreed to
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1539EH2
02/12/2018Printed as engrossed 18107016D-EH2
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (78-Y 21-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Finance
02/27/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (9-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Committee substitute printed 18107698D-S1
02/28/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107698D-S1
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1539S1
03/01/2018Passed Senate with substitute (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107698D-S1 (33-Y 65-N 1-A)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (33-Y 65-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
03/05/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107698D-S1 (42-Y 55-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED #2 (42-Y 55-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate insisted on substitute (30-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2018House acceded to request
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Hugo, Peace, Sullivan
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Saslaw, Norment, Wagner
03/10/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2018Conference substitute printed 18108032D-H3
03/10/2018Passed by temporarily
03/10/2018Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 1-N)
03/10/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1539ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018Governor's recommendation received by House
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9-15, 18-21 and 23 (99-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018Motion to pass by Governors's recommendation #'s 7, 8, 16 and 17 agreed to
04/18/2018House rejected Governor's recommendation #4 (48-Y 51-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: REJECTED (48-Y 51-N)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #22 (99-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #24 paragraph 17 (99-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #24 paragraph 18 (96-Y 1-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N)
04/18/2018Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (34-Y 5-N)
04/18/2018G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/18/2018Communicated to Governor
04/18/2018Reenrolled bill text (HB1539ER2)
04/18/2018Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2018Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2018Reenrolled bill communicated to Governor on 4/18/18
04/18/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 18, 2018
05/18/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 854 (effective - see bill)
05/18/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0854)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 8 clips in all, totaling 23 minutes.


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

northern virginia region. >> thank you. delegate cole. would the patron yield for a question? >> will the delegate from fairfax yield for another question?

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg): be delighted. >> Mr. Speaker, you know, I heard rumors earlier that due to several localities that are in prtc and vre that are not serviced by metro, there were concerns that funds were going to be rated from the vre tax, which, again, was affected by the gentleman from suffolk's legislation, establishing a floor. And I just want to condition firm that none of the vre funds are going to be basically redistributed, that nothing is changing as far as the formula for vre and the localities that participate in it.

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville): in response to the gentleman, to the delegate from safford, let me say, vre -- vre's 4.8 million to vre new moneys based on formula. Based on form ma law. Prtc, vre also gets 10.15 based on formula. 7.85 to prtc jurisdiction based on formula. >> follow-up question. >> delegate yield for another question? >> indeed. >> delegate yields.

[Unknown]: I think thank the gentleman for sharing figures and not answering my question. I renew my question, does any of the existing formulas as far as the localities that participate in vre, those funds are distributed by a current formula regardless of the level of money collected, are any of those formulas changing. >> Mr. Speaker, I was attempting to answer the best of my limited abilities, obviously, and the numbers I was given were the additional moneys. What I was attempting to convey, we're not changing the formulas.

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights): thank you. >> shall the conference report be adopted? Clerk will close the roll. >> ayes 93. Noes, 1. >> ayes 93. Noes 1.