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McDonnell Amends Va. Transport Funding Bill

Amendments aimed at soothing Cuccinelli's constitutionality concerns

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 2:31 PM EDT
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed changes to the new transportation funding bill. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver has the story.

David Culver

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed changes to the new transportation funding bill. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver has the story.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has amended Virginia's transportation funding reform bill to potentially extend regional taxing authorities beyond Virginia's urban areas.

The change comes after Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that section of the bill -- which would have made sales tax in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads higher than the rest of the state -- went against the commonwealth's constitution.

The governor's amendments also cut the disputed $100 fee on hybrid cars to $64 a year, reduce regional increases in real estate and taxes paid on hotel stays, and reduce the titling tax on vehicle purchases.

McDonnell also offered 52 amendments to the state's budget. They include changes to address constitutional concerns about whether a commission to oversee Medicaid expansion complies with the state constitution.

The governor worked late into Monday night to meet the midnight deadline.

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