SB 5013 Transportation; provides several mechanisms for funding thereof within State.
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Summary as introduced:
Funding of transportation in the Commonwealth. Provides several mechanisms for funding transportation in the Commonwealth.

The bill would provide that all moneys credited to specified transportation-related funds shall be solely used for the purposes set forth therein relating to the funding and maintenance of highways (including access roads and bikeways adjacent thereto), public transportation, congestion mitigation, railways, seaports, and airports; making payments on bonds and obligations related to funding transportation projects; or making loans to finance transportation projects.

The bill would raise new revenues for transportation by (i) imposing an additional $200 fee upon certain convictions relating to violations of Virginia's driving laws; (ii) imposing annually additional fees on any driver with a driver's record having a balance of 8 or more demerit points; (iii) increasing motor vehicle registration fees by $10 for all vehicles and doubling the gross weight registration fee for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds; (iv) increasing current liquidated damages for violations of any weight limit imposed under law or for violations of any weight limit included in a permit that has been issued; (v) imposing additional liquidated damages of $20 for every violation of any weight limit imposed under law or any weight limit included in a permit that has been issued; (vi) authorizing local governments to impose a local grantor's tax at the rate of 30 cents for each $100 of value with the revenues to be used for local or regional transportation projects; (vii) increasing the motor fuels tax on diesel fuel to 17.5 cents per gallon (the current rate of the motor fuels tax on gasoline and gasohol); (viii) increasing the motor vehicle sales and use tax from 3% to 3.75%, phased-in over fiscal years 2007, 2008, and 2009; amd (ix) imposing a $0.06 per gallon fee on all motor fuel distributed from a terminal in the Commonwealth. The bill would also dedicate for transportation purposes all insurance license tax revenues relating to automobile insurance policies.

The bill would also allow three or more contiguous localities or three or more localities in the same construction district to form a regional transportation authority.  The localities in such an authority would be authorized to raise revenues for the authority through a 0.5% local sales and use tax and a 1% transient occupancy tax. All of the members of a given authority would be required to adopt an ordinance authorizing the imposition of such taxes before the taxes would become effective. 

Full text:
04/19/06  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 068152736  pdf
04/27/06  Senate: Committee substitute printed 068159712-S1  pdf
04/27/06  Senate: Printed as engrossed 068159712-ES1  pdf

Amendments:
Senate amendments

Status:
04/19/06  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 068152736
04/19/06  Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
04/27/06  Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
04/27/06  Senate: Read first time
04/27/06  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (31-Y 0-N)
04/27/06  Senate: VOTE: (31-Y 0-N)
04/27/06  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
04/27/06  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 068159712-S1
04/27/06  Senate: Committee substitute printed 068159712-S1
04/27/06  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
04/27/06  Senate: Amendment by Senator Norment agreed to
04/27/06  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute w/amendment SB5013ES1
04/27/06  Senate: Printed as engrossed 068159712-ES1
04/27/06  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (33-Y 0-N)
04/27/06  Senate: VOTE: (33-Y 0-N)
04/27/06  Senate: Passed Senate (29-Y 4-N)
04/27/06  Senate: VOTE: (29-Y 4-N)
04/27/06  Senate: Communicated to House
05/03/06  House: Placed on Calendar
05/03/06  House: Read first time
05/03/06  House: Referred to Committee on Finance
05/03/06  House: Tabled in Finance by voice vote
07/24/06  House: Reconsidered by Finance
07/24/06  House: Tabled in Finance by voice vote
09/26/06  House: Reconsidered by Finance
09/26/06  House: Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (3-Y 19-N)