Posted: February 22, 2013
HARRISONBURG — The House of Delegates approved a major transportation funding package by a 60-40 vote early Friday afternoon.
The Senate, which needs 21 of its 40 members to approve the plan for it to pass, is expected to vote sometime later in the afternoon.
The funding plan is the state's first comprehensive change to collecting transportation revenues since 1986 and involves a series of tax increases. Because of the tax hikes, several conservative Republicans, including local Dels. Todd Gilbert, R- Woodstock, and Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, voted against the measure. Dels. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, also voted against it.
The full vote tally was not immediately available. The House debated the measure for about 90 minutes.