Mass transit; establishing various Funds to improve transportation. (SB856)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


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 SB 393 and is identical to HB 1539. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2018Presented and ordered printed 18101813D
01/17/2018Referred to Committee on Finance
02/08/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Committee substitute printed 18106833D-S1
02/08/2018Incorporates SB393 (Barker)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Read second time
02/13/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/13/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106833D-S1
02/13/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB856S1
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Passed by temporarily
02/13/2018Passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Placed on Calendar
02/19/2018Read first time
02/19/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/2018Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2018Committee substitute printed 18107416D-H1
02/23/2018Read second time
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107416D-H1
02/26/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB856H1
02/26/2018Passed House with substitute (84-Y 14-N)
02/26/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (84-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018House insisted on substitute
02/28/2018House requested conference committee
02/28/2018Senate acceded to request (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
02/28/2018Senators: Saslaw, Norment, Wagner
02/28/2018Conferees appointed by House
02/28/2018Delegates: Hugo, Peace, Sullivan
03/10/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2018Conference substitute printed 18108013D-S2
03/10/2018Passed by temporarily
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
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 (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 1-N)
03/10/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB856ER)
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 Senate
04/18/2018Passed by temporarily
04/18/2018Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations (33-Y 6-N)
04/18/2018Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #'s 7,8,16,17 (26-Y 12-N)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 1-3, 5, 6, 9-15, 18-21, and 23 (98-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018Motion to pass by Governor's recommendation #'s 7, 8, 16 and 17 (50-Y 48-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: PASS BY (50-Y 48-N)
04/18/2018House rejected Governor's recommendation #4 (48-Y 50-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: REJECTED(48-Y 50-N)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #22 (98-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #24 (97-Y 1-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N)
04/18/2018G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/18/2018Communicated to Governor
04/18/2018Reenrolled bill text (SB856ER2)
04/18/2018Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2018Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2018Reenrolled bill Communicated to Governor on 4/18/18
04/18/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 18, 2018
04/25/2018Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
05/18/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 856 (effective - see bill)
05/18/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0856)


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 14 minutes.


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

legislation that passed 93-1. Hope we would adopt the bill.

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville): delegate Larock. >> thank you, Mr. Speaker. A question that I didn't think to ask the first time around of the patron. I would like to ask the patron to -- >> will the delegate yield for a question? >> I yield.

[Unknown]: delegate yields. >> thank you, Mr. Speaker. My understanding is there's pretty clear communication that passage of the bills and rechanneling of these moneys will have a negative impact on the mbta bond rating. Is that a concern that has been considered by the patron or the representative of the patron? >> Mr. Speaker, I say in response one of the things we did, that was a question that we addressed and we took very seriously as we went through this process. We had serious discussions with the deputy secretary of transportation. The secretary of transportation, and the former secretary of transportation who is now secretary of finance. They indicated that to their best that that is not a problem. They did not share that concern. But to be clear, they did make sure they wanted to address that question, they wanted to mike sure they had the answers. So they vetted it thoroughly. >> Mr. Speaker, followup?

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville): delegate yield for another question? >> be delighted.

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun): delegate yields. >> Mr. Speaker, has that same positive response, positive meaning reflecting that there would not be an impact, is that