Transportation; amends numerous laws related to funds, safety programs, revenue sources, etc. (SB890)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), and Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transportation. Amends numerous laws 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 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 $0.262 per gallon of gasoline will be phased in over two years, and then indexed every year thereafter. The regional gas tax will be converted to a rate of $0.076 per gallon of gasoline and will be imposed everywhere in the Commonwealth that a regional gas tax is not already imposed. 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. The bill also eliminates the $5 walk-in fee for conducting certain transactions in person at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and prohibits a person from being issued a citation for both an expired motor vehicle inspection sticker and faulty equipment. In Northern Virginia, the regional transportation improvement fee, used to support the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), is lowered to $0.10 per $100 for the recordation of conveyance of a deed. A new regional congestion fee is imposed at a rate of $0.10 per $100 for the recordation of conveyance of a deed. The regional transient occupancy tax is raised from two percent to three percent. 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 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. This bill is identical to HB 1414. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103443D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/04/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107093D-S1
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Passed by for the day
02/10/2020Reading of amendment waived (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Floor substitute printed 20108058D-S2 (Saslaw)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute rejected 20107093D-S1
02/10/2020Reading of substitute not waived
02/10/2020Motion to reconsider not waiving reading agreed to (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2020Substitute by Senator Saslaw agreed to 20108058D-S2
02/10/2020Amendments by Senator DeSteph ruled out of order
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB890S2
02/11/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB890S2)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
02/19/2020Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/19/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2020Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108632D-H1
02/19/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108796D-H2
02/24/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB890H1)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed by temporarily
02/26/2020Committee on Finance substitute rejected 20108632D-H1
02/26/2020Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to20108796D-H2
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB890H2
02/26/2020Pending question ordered
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute (52-Y 44-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House insisted on substitute
02/26/2020House requested conference committee
02/26/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2020Senators: Saslaw, Marsden, Barker, Norment, Hanger
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: McQuinn, Jones, Knight, Watts, Sullivan
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB890S2)
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109907D-S3
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 42-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB890S3)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB890ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/08/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB890ER)
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (24-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (49-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (49-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB890ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1275 (effective - see bill)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1275)
05/01/2020VOTE: (49-Y 44-N)