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Special Session Bill List Continues to Grow

Updated 5:38 p.m.

Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News) and Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester) responded to Kaine's remarks this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the list of bills introduced, continued to grow - considerably.


Updated 2:30 p.m.

Gov. Kaine addressed lawmakers, following a morning appearance with the Virginia Business Council.

"In Virginia, we don't make our reputations or improve our communities by delay or inaction," Kaine said in prepared remarks. "We rise and fall by our results. In the words of Cervantes, 'good actions ennoble us and we are the children of our deeds.'"

New bills introduced today...

John A. Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)

HB 6020: Hampton Roads Highway Requests
Requires VDOT, within 90 days, to issue requests for proposals under PPTA for (i) construction of the Third Crossing of Hampton Roads, (ii) construction of the Southeastern Expressway/Dominion Boulevard system in the City of Chesapeake and the City of Virginia Beach, (iii) replacement of U.S. Route 460 from Bowers Hill in the City of Chesapeake to the City of Petersburg with a controlled access highway, (iv) widening of Interstate Route 64 in the City of Chesapeake from Battlefield Boulevard to Bowers Hill, including the High Rise Bridge over the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, (v) widening of Interstate Route 64 from Bland Boulevard in the City of Newport News to Virginia Route 199 in James City County, (vi) expansion of the Midtown Tunnel between the City of Norfolk and the City of Portsmouth, and (vii) expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel between the City of Hampton and the City of Norfolk by construction of a third bridge-tunnel structure.

Thomas Davis Rust (R-Fairfax)

HB 6021: Highway Maintenance Funds
Provides a method by which the Commonwealth Transportation Board is to allocate additional funds for highway maintenance in the event of insufficiency of funds in the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund.

William R. Janis (R-Goochland)

HB 6022: Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran License Plates Authorizes the issuance of special license plates for veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom. These plates are not subject to the standard 350 minimum prepaid order requirement.

L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William)

HB 6023: Performance Audit of Transportation
Provides for the Auditor of Public Accounts to administer an operational and programmatic performance audit focusing on the agencies within the Transportation Secretariat, with primary emphasis on the Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The audit will be conducted by a private management consulting firm with an interim report to be completed by December 15, 2008, and a final report to be completed by August 1, 2009. The goal of the audit is to determine an objective and independent cost savings assessment of the Commonwealth's organizational structure and efficiency of the Commonwealth's transportation programs to provide information to the Governor and the General Assembly on ways to reduce duplication of effort and implement cost savings measures and programmatic efficiencies in the operation of state transportation programs. Any monetary savings realized from implementation of recommendations of the performance audit will be applied to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund. The costs of conducting the audit will be paid from existing appropriations to agencies within the Transportation Secretariat.


HB 6024: Telework Tax Credit
Provides employers a one-time telework tax credit of up to $20,000 to offset program set-up costs, plus annual credits of up to $1,200 per new teleworker, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2009, and prior to January 1, 2011. There is an annual $2 million cap on the amount of the credits that may be taken.

Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William)

HB 6025: Highway Maintenance for Local Roads
Provides for allocation of funds by CTB to counties for maintenance of secondary highway system components functionally classified as local roads. Counties in which these roads are located would be solely responsible for their maintenance, subject to VDOT standards.

Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry)

HB 6026: Transportation Funding and Reform
Provides statewide and regional transportation funding by (i) increasing, in phases, the motor vehicle titling tax from three to four percent statewide, (ii) increasing motor vehicle registration fees on cars, motorcycles, and heavy trucks by $10 statewide, (iii) increasing the grantor's tax by $0.25 per $100 of value statewide, and (iv) establishing an additional one percent state sales and use tax in certain urban regions of the Commonwealth. The additional state sales and use tax would be imposed in any urban region of the Commonwealth that has at any time (i) a population of at least 1.5 million according to the most recent United States decennial census of population, and (ii) an aggregate of at least 35 million daily vehicle miles traveled in the area in accordance with the most recent written determinations of daily vehicle miles traveled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. An "urban region" is defined under the bill as collectively the Commonwealth's counties and cities wholly embraced within a metropolitan planning area.


Del. H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem)

HJ 6003: General Assembly Special Session II
Provides for a joint assembly to receive the Governor.

HJ 6004: General Assembly; Special Session II
Limits legislation to come before Special Session II of the 2008 General Assembly.

Daniel W. Marshall III (R-Danville)

HJ 6005: Constitutional Amendment Transportation Trust Fund
Provides that the Transportation Trust Fund established in 1986 will be a permanent fund and receive all revenues generated by the 1986 package of tax and fee increases and any later enactments dedicating additional revenues to the Fund. The amendment limits the use of Trust Fund moneys to purposes of highway construction, maintenance, and improvements, public transportation, railways, seaports, and airports. The General Assembly may use fund proceeds for other purposes only by a two-thirds vote of the members in each house. However, fund proceeds used for other purposes must be repaid to the Fund within three years.

Terrie Lynne Suit (R-Virginia Beach)

HJ 6006: Constitutional Amendment Establishment of Special Funds
Authorizes the General Assembly to establish one or more special funds for defined regional transportation needs and to dedicate a revenue stream to the fund. If the General Assembly establishes a special fund and dedicates to it revenues including any taxes or fees, the General Assembly must continue appropriating the dedicated revenues to the fund. However, by a four-fifths vote of the members voting in each house, any such special fund may be abolished, the purposes for which the fund is established may be changed, the revenue sources may be decreased, and the General Assembly may borrow from the fund for other purposes. Borrowed funds must be repaid to the fund within four years.

Phillip A. Hamilton (R-Newport News)

HR 601: Salaries, Contingent, and Incidental Expenses

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax)

SB 6001: Retail Sales and Use Tax; Transportation Trust Fund
Makes a dedication to the Transportation Trust Fund from revenues generated by the existing retail sales and use tax. The revenues generated by a one-half percent retail sales and use tax that are deposited into the general fund under current law would instead be dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund. The bill would not increase revenues, but would dedicate additional current revenues to the Transportation Trust Fund.


11:56 a.m.

The House and Senate officially opened the special session on transportation at noon.

Legislators are expected to vote later this week to add judicial and other appointments to the session.

As of Monday morning, there were 25 bills introduced for the transportation special session. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will address the 140 members of the House and Senate at 1 p.m. to encourage them to pass his transportation plan or one of their own.

Check back later for updates. Bills introduced as of Monday morning:

Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg)

HB 6001: Highway Construction Funds
Provides for allocation of highway construction funds for the primary, urban, and secondary systems solely on the basis of the number of registered vehicles.

HB 6002: Transportation Trust Fund
Increases the amount of sales and use tax revenue dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund from an amount generated by a one-half percent sales and use tax (under current law), to an amount generated by a 1 percent sales and use tax phased in over a five-year period beginning July 1, 2009.

Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax)

HB 6004: Highway Maintenance Funds
Provides for allocation by the Commonwealth Transportation Board of funds for maintenance of state-maintained highways among the nine state highway construction districts on the basis of population.

Del. G. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News)

HB 6005: Department of Transportation
Requires, as soon as practicable, the conduct of an independent audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

HB 6008: Hampton Roads Transportation Authority
Abolishes the Authority and the taxes, fees, and charges dedicated to financing its operation and programs. The bill also makes several technical changes.

HJ 6001: Constitutional Amendment
Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, and other funds established by general law for transportation. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on January 1, 2009, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds, unless the General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, alters the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment limits the use of Fund moneys to transportation and related purposes. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan must be repaid with reasonable interest within four years.

Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton)

HB 6006: Transportation Trust Fund
Dedicates to the state's Transportation Trust Fund all future revenues and royalties that are paid to the Commonwealth as a result of offshore natural gas and oil drilling.

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William)

HB 6007: Motor Fuels Tax
Eliminates the current 17.5 cents per gallon motor fuels tax and replaces it with a 5 percent sales and use tax, while retaining the collection of the replacement tax at the "rack" or terminal (wholesale level) where the current cents per gallon tax is collected.

Del. David L. Bulova (D-Fairfax)

HB 6011: Highway Systems
Requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board to utilize the estimated budget required to meet performance standards for asset management under § 33.1-13.02 in determining the total amount of funds reasonable and necessary for maintenance of roads; the allocation of the total amount of funds made available for maintenance shall be based on achieving a minimal level of disparity in meeting asset management performance standards established under § 33.1-13.02; such provision to be fully implemented by fiscal year 2010.

Del. Lacey E. Putney (I-Bedford)

HB 6012: Highway Maintenance
Increases the state sales and use tax from 4 percent to 4.5 percent beginning February 1, 2009, provided that the increase is approved by the voters in a referendum to be held at the election on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. The additional revenue from the increase is to be used solely for maintaining the roads in the Commonwealth statewide.

Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr. (R-Hanover)

HB 6013: Commonwealth Transportation Board
Provides for election of the non-at-large members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board by majority vote of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. The bill also provides for election of the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner by the Commonwealth Transportation Board for a term of four years. In the event of a vacancy, the Governor would appoint an Acting Commissioner until the Commonwealth Transportation Board fills the vacancy.

Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta)

HB 6014: Interstate Public-Private Partnership Compact
Repeals Chapter 17 of Title 33.1, which established the Interstate Public-Private Partnership Compact.

Del. Albert C. Pollard Jr. (D-Lancaster)

HB 6015: Park-and-Ride
Requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish a park-and-ride facilities expansion fund to pay for expanding VDOT-controlled park-and-ride-facilities that are operating at or in excess of 95 percent of capacity on peak-use days. Also, the bill requires the Board annually to allocate to this fund an amount calculated to be necessary to expand qualifying park-and-ride facilities to ensure that the expanded facilities would operate below 95 percent of capacity on peak-use days.

HB 6016: Secondary Highway System
Provides that secondary highway system improvements to existing highways need not be subject to the same design and engineering standards that would apply if the project involved new construction. The bill also provides that the Commonwealth, its agencies, instrumentalities, departments, officers, and employees acting within the scope of their duties and authority will be immune for damages by reason of actions taken in conformity with the provisions of the bill.


Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg)

HB 6003: Highway Construction Funds
Provides for allocation of highway construction funds for the primary and secondary systems solely on the basis of population.

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax)

SB 6001: Transportation Trust Fund
Makes an additional dedication to the Transportation Trust Fund from revenues generated by the retail sales and use tax. The revenues generated by a one-half percent retail sales and use tax would be dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund. The dedication under the bill would be in addition to all other dedications under current law to the Transportation Trust Fund.

Sen. John C. Miller (D-Newport News)

SB 6002: Hampton Roads Transportation Authority
Abolishes the Authority and the taxes, fees, and charges dedicated to financing its operation and programs. The bill also makes several technical changes.

SB 6003: Long-Range Plan of Hampton Roads MPO
Requires the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to include improvements to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel as its highest priority in its long-range transportation plan. If funds are insufficient to undertake all projects in the long-range plan, the Hampton Roads MPO must eliminate sufficient other projects from its long-range plan so that improvements to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel may be included in the plan. In identifying projects to be removed from the plan, those projects estimated to result in the least amount of traffic congestion relief must be eliminated first.

Del. Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover)

HB 6009: Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr Memorial Bridge Designates the Virginia Route 207 bridge over Interstate Route 95 in Caroline County the "Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr Memorial Bridge."

HB 6010: Trooper Robin Lee Farmer Memorial Bridge
Designates the Virginia Route 639 bridge over Interstate Route 95 in Caroline County the "Trooper Robin Lee Farmer Memorial Bridge."

Del. Thomas D. Rust (R-Fairfax)

HB 6017: County Food and Beverage Tax
Allows counties to impose the food and beverage tax without a referendum at a rate not to exceed 4 percent provided the revenues raised are used solely for new transportation construction purposes.

Del. Thomas D. Gear (R-Hampton)

HB 6018: Sales and Use Tax
Dedicates the revenue from the one-half percent sales and use tax imposed in 2004, beginning July 1, 2010, to transportation improvements in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Del. Phillip A. Hamilton (R-Newport News)

HB 6019: Tolls
Requires VDOT to issue requests for proposals concerning, or itself directly impose and collect tolls for use of, certain highway facilities within the Hampton Roads highway construction district.

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Comments

I don't understand. We need more money. It seems to me that if you increase the gas tax a dime - 2.5% of the current cost of gas - problem solved.

It sounds like they're all playing Twister.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

And if the gas tax was raised it would apply equally to residents and those passing through (but still using the roads). Kaine seems to have this obsession with having only Virginians pick up the tab for the roads.

Remember his version of the abusive driver fees only applied to residents. He nixed the out-of-state provisions.

Posted by: Julie | June 23, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Is Virginia's gas tax significantly lower than DC or Maryland? If not, raising it will just move sales across the border.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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