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VA House, Senate Review Amendments after Governor’s Changes

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It's back to work for Virginia lawmakers Wednesday, as the General Assembly reconvenes to consider a number of bill amendments sent down by Governor Bob McDonnell last week. 

Among them are a series of changes to the landmark transportation funding bill passed this session.  

Despite some protest from both sides, the $880 million transportation plan passed the House and Senate in February. Now it's back from the governor's office with a few changes. 

Those include a change aimed at addressing a constitutionality concern by expanding regional taxing authorities statewide, which could allow urban areas outside of Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia to levy their own regional taxes for transportation projects. 

The amendments also include a reduction in fees and taxes, including reducing a controversial fee for alternative fuel vehicles from $100 to $64. 

But much like during the regular session, the bill is still creating passionate debate, even between those in the same party. 

"We're going to repeal this hybrid tax next year, and I hope the body will stand with me and do just that thing next year," said Del. Scott Surovell (D) 44th District. 

"Virginians support this bill. So vote for it today. Take your most pro-business vote of your career - this is the bill for a generation - vote aye," said Del. Mark Sickles (D) 43rd District. 

Despite protest, the governor's transportation amendments passed easily through the House of Delegates Wednesday afternoon. Amendments are also expected to pass the Senate, and head back to the governor's desk for final approval. 

This marks the first major overhaul of transportation funding in the state since 1986.

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