Transportation; amends numerous laws related to funds, safety programs, revenue sources, etc. (HB1414)

Introduced By

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patrons Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)

Progress

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

Description

Transportation. Amends numerous law related to transportation funds, revenue sources, construction, and safety programs. The bill adopts numerous structural changes to the transportation funding system in the Commonwealth. Most transportation revenues are directed to a new Commonwealth Transportation Fund and the existing Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund. Funds are then disbursed, based on codified formulas, to subfunds established to meet the varying transportation needs of different modes of transportation. The bill contains transitional provisions phasing in the new funding structure over a period of four years. The existing gas tax based on a percentage of the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel fuel is converted to a cents-per-gallon tax. A rate of $0.282 per gallon of gasoline will be phased in over three years, and then indexed every year thereafter. The regional gas tax will be converted to a rate of $0.076 per gallon of gasoline. Registration fees for motor vehicles will be lowered. The Department of Motor Vehicles will implement a Highway Use Fee for alternative fuel and fuel efficient vehicles. Alternatively, a person whose vehicles would be subject to this new fee may elect to instead enroll in a mileage-based user fee program to be developed by the Department. In Northern Virginia, the regional transportation improvement fee, used to support WMATA, is lowered to $0.10 per $100 for the recordation of conveyance of a deeds. A new regional congestion fee is imposed at a rate of $0.15 per $100 for the recordation of conveyance of a deed. The regional transient occupancy tax is raised from $2 to $3. The bill authorizes the use of transportation bonds to complete the final section of Corridor Q of the Appalachian Development Highway System, and authorizes a bond issuance for improvements in the Interstate 81 and Interstate 66 corridors. The bill establishes a new Virginia Passenger Rail Authority. The bill adopts several safety initiatives, including: (i) making it illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, (ii) requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts and making failure to wear a safety belt a primary offense, (iii) prohibiting the use of handheld personal communication devices, (iv) establishing a speed monitoring program in highway safety corridors that uses a vehicle sensor to take a picture of a vehicle traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, subjecting the driver to a monetary fine, and (v) allowing localities to lower the speed limit below 25 miles per hour in business and residential districts. The Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles will establish an advisory committee to oversee education and enforcement of policies such as the seatbelt and hands-free provisions. The bill changes the requirement for a vehicle inspection from once every 12 months to once every 24 months. The bill also creates numerous new transportation safety programs, including an Interstate Operations and Enhancement Program, a Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Statewide Special Structures Program, and a Transit Incentive Program. Read the Bill »

Status

02/11/2020: In Committee

History

DateAction
01/08/2020Committee
01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103440D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles
01/27/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Finance
01/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Reported from Transportation with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106751D-H1
01/28/2020Incorporates HB16 (Krizek)
02/03/2020Reported from Finance (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Incorporates HB16 (Krizek)
02/05/2020Incorporates HB1538 (Austin)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107735D-H2
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Motion to reconsidered pass by for the day agreed to
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee on Transportation substitute rejected 20106751D-H1
02/07/2020Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 20107735D-H2
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1414H2
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (56-Y 42-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (56-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations

Video

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 9 minutes.

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