Bills of Interest to Fairfax Effective July 1, 2013
July 1, 2013
Effective July 1, legislation will take effect in Virginia of interest to households living in Fairfax County. The list of legislation is below with brief descriptions and includes such topics as transportation and school safety, among others. For more information on a particular bill, visit the Legislative Information System.
Bills of Interest to Fairfax County Taking Effect July 1
HB 1907 /
SB 1222 provides that driving while texting is a traffic
infraction punishable, for a first offense, by a fine of $125 and,
for a second or subsequent offense, by a fine of $250.
SB 1165 provides that the holder of a provisional
driver's license under age 18 is not authorized to operate a motor
vehicle with more than one passenger who is less than 21 years old
unless the driver is accompanied by a parent or person acting in
loco parentis who is occupying a seat beside the driver.
Taxes and Fees
HB 2313 contains a number of provisions regarding transportation revenues and allocation including:
- Replaces 17.5 cents per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel with a 3.5 percent tax on gas and 6 percent tax on diesel.
- Increases the automobile sales tax from 3 percent to 4.15 percent.
- Increases the state sales tax from 5 percent to 5.3 percent.
- Increases the state General Fund transfer to transportation from 0.5 percent to 0.675 percent.
- Increases the fee for alternative fuel vehicles to $64.
- Increases sales tax in Northern Virginia by 0.7 percent, for a total of 6 percent.
- Imposes 2 percent transient occupancy tax.
- Imposes a congestion relief fee [grantors tax] of $0.15/$100 valuation.
- Repeals the local option to enact a 1% income tax by referendum.
HB 2345 requires the Virginia Center for School Safety,
in conjunction with the Department of State Police, the Department
of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and the Department
of Education, to develop a model critical incident response
training program for public school personnel and those providing
services to schools.
HB 2346 requires each school, in its annual school
safety audit, to complete a school inspection walk-through using a
standardized checklist provided by the Virginia Center for School
Safety, which shall incorporate crime prevention through
environmental design principles. Each completed walk-through
checklist shall be made available to the chief law-enforcement
officer of the locality or his designee upon request.
SB 376 provides that any person who, in good faith and
without malice, reports, investigates, or causes an investigation
to be made into the activities of any person relating to conduct
involving bomb threats or other explosives or alcohol or drug use
at a school or institution of higher learning or in connection with
a school or institution activity shall be immune from all civil
liability that might be incurred as a result of making such a
report or investigation.
- SB 1378 provides that a person who engages in the "strawman" purchase of a firearm, where he purchases a firearm with the intent to resell or transport with the intent to resell outside of the Commonwealth to any person he knows is prohibited from purchasing a firearm, is guilty of a Class 4 felony and shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of one year.
HB 1682 /
SB 706 provides that it is unlawful for any person who
knows or should know that another person suffers from mental
incapacity to, through the use of that other person's mental
incapacity, take, obtain, or convert money or other thing of value
belonging to that other person with the intent to permanently
deprive him thereof.
HB 1982 permits treasurers to convey, with the consent
of the taxpayer, any tax bill by permitting the taxpayer to access
his tax bill online from a database on the treasurer's
HB 1990 allows localities to impose a license tax, not
to exceed $250 annually, upon resident owners of motor vehicles
that do not display license plates issued by the Commonwealth and
that are not exempt from the requirements of displaying such
HB 2026 allows a member of a public body to participate
in a meeting by electronic communication means due to personal
matters under certain circumstances.
HB 2175 authorizes the Governor to request federal
funds to construct a new veterans care center in Northern Virginia,
and requires the State Treasurer to issue a short-term treasury
loan in an amount up to $28.5 million for the state share of
construction costs, once the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
has determined that federal funds will be allocated for the new
HB 2190 establishes a procedure for state review of the
stringency of local stormwater ordinances. The bill requires
localities within 30 days of the adoption of a more stringent
stormwater ordinance or requirement to submit a letter report to
the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
HB 2341 provides that a person who is qualified to
register to vote may apply to register to vote by electronic means
authorized by the State Board of Elections.
The final 2013 General Assembly Legislative Report to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is also available online (PDF).
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