Va. General Assembly votes to repeal hybrid tax

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Virginia General Assembly voted to repeal the tax on hybrid vehicles on Wednesday.

According to authorities, the legislation will provide a full tax refund for all hybrid taxes previously assessed and collected.

"I'm glad the General Assembly listened to the over 7,700 Virginians who signed the Hybrid Tax Petition and voted to repeal the Hybrid Tax," Del. Surovell said. "It was an unacceptable tax on people for doing the right thing."

The petition was started last year by Delegate Surovell and Sen. Ebbin. Over 7,400 Virginians signed the petition, officials said.

"I applaud our colleagues who were willing to repeal this illogical tax. Taxing one technology, especially without careful, consideration is short sighted and wrong. We need to encourage smart environmental stewardship rather than punish responsible citizens," Sen. Ebbin said.

Officials added, Sen. Ebbin's is a patron of the Senate version of the bill, SB127. That bill passed the House of Delegates Wednesday 97-7 and is now on its way to Governor McAuliffe for his action.

House Bill 975, which followed Delegate Surovell's HB4, was passed by the State Senate on Feb. 13, 2014, 37-1 and is on to Governor McAuliffe as well.

The bill is now going to Governor McAuliffe for him to sign. Both Surovell and Ebbin expect him to sign the repeal.


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