General Assembly Approves Governor's Transportation Amendments

April 3, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The General Assembly has adopted Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendments to his transportation funding bill.

The House of Delegates voted 62-36 to approve the changes during the legislature's one-day reconvened session Wednesday. The vote in the Senate was 26-12.

The package will raise more than $1 billion a year from statewide and regional funding sources to address a growing backlog of deferred highway projects.

One of the amendments trims an annual feel on hybrid and alternative-fuel cars from $100 to $64. The governor also scaled back a vehicle titling tax increase, along with regional increase in the tax on hotel stays and a real estate-related fee in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

McDonnell also amended the regional component of the plan to address constitutional concerns raised by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

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