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House passes highway reform bill; Senate vote next

Friday - 2/22/2013, 8:17pm  ET

What transportation reform means for Northern Va. taxpayers

Max Smith & Kyle Cooper, WTOP


AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to approve what would become the first major reform in a generation of the state's system for financing its highway network.

Friday's vote was 60-40.

If the Senate follows suit, that puts the legislation in front of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who put transportation at the forefront of his policy agenda and has staked his legacy on its passage.

How local delegates voted

Republicans: David Albo, Richard Anderson, Mark Dudenhefer, Tag Greason, Bill Howell, Timothy Hugo, Joe May, Jackson Miller, Randy Minchew and Tom Rust

Democrats: Luke Torian

Republicans: Mark Cole, Barbara Comstock, James LeMunyon, Scott Lingamfelter, Bob Marshall, David Ramadan and Michael Webert

Democrats: Bob Brink, David Bulova, Eileen Filler-Corn, Charniele Herring, Patrick Hope, Mark Keam, Kaye Kory, Robert Krupicka, Alfonso Lopez, Ken Plum, James Scott, Mark Sickles, Scott Surovell and Vivian Watts

The bill replaces Virginia's 17 and a half cents-per-gallon retail gasoline tax with a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline and a 6 percent levy on diesel fuel.

It also boosts statewide sales taxes from 5 percent to 5.3 percent and uses more of the existing sales tax, increases the titling tax on car sales and adds a $100 fee to the purchase of fuel-sipping hybrid vehicles.

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