VA SB208 | 2020 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Enrolled on March 7 2020 - 75% progression
Action: 2020-03-12 - Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [HTML]


Mechanics' liens; right to withhold payment. Specifies that the use of funds paid to a general contractor or subcontractor and used by such contractor or subcontractor before paying all amounts due for labor performed or material furnished gives rise to a civil cause of action for a party who is owed such funds. The bill further specifies that such cause of action does not affect a contractor's or subcontractor's right to withhold payment for failure to properly perform labor or furnish materials and that any contractual provision that allows a party to withhold funds due on one contract for alleged claims or damages due on another contract is void as against public policy.

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Mechanics' liens; right to withhold payment.


Roll Calls

2020-03-04 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (66-Y 30-N 1-A) (Y: 66 N: 29 NV: 3 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2020-02-28 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice (20-Y 0-N) (Y: 19 N: 0 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-24 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N) (Y: 5 N: 1 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-04 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-31 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (Y: 36 N: 0 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-29 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (Y: 13 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2020-03-12 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-12SenateEnrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
2020-03-08HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-03-07SenateSigned by President
2020-03-07SenateBill text as passed Senate and House (SB208ER)
2020-03-04HouseVOTE: Passage (66-Y 30-N 1-A)
2020-03-04HousePassed House (66-Y 30-N 1-A)
2020-03-04HouseRead third time
2020-03-03HouseRead second time
2020-02-28HouseReported from Courts of Justice (20-Y 0-N)
2020-02-24HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
2020-02-21HouseAssigned Courts sub: Civil
2020-02-18HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-02-18HouseRead first time
2020-02-18HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-02-04SenateRead third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
2020-02-03SenateRead second time and engrossed
2020-01-31SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
2020-01-29SenateReported from Judiciary (13-Y 0-N 1-A)
2020-01-16SenateAssigned Judiciary sub: Civil Law
2020-01-08SenateMoved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
2019-12-30SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2019-12-30SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102138D

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