February 12, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate committee has rewritten Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding reform bill.
The proposal would restore and increase the gasoline tax, add a 1 percent fuel sales tax and allow localities to add another 1 percent tax to fuel.
Changes to the House-passed legislation came in a Senate Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. The meeting was briefly held up by a Republican senator's demand that the bill's sponsor, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell, appear and explain it.
Republican Sen. Frank Wagner, however, offered his substitute to the Senate panel, which advanced it on a 9-6 vote.
The bill will face a floor vote later this week, then return to the House where it will likely be rejected. That will set up negotiations for a small committee of delegates and senators.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.
As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to email@example.com.
powered by Disqus