VA SB845 | 2023 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Passed on March 24 2023 - 100% progression
Action: 2023-03-24 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0463)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]


Immunity of persons; tort actions; assertion of immunity; attorney fees and costs. Provides that a person shall be immune from tort liability if the tort claim is based solely on statements (i) regarding matters of public concern that would be protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States made by that person that are communicated to a third party; (ii) made at a public hearing before the governing body of any locality or other political subdivision, or the boards, commissions, agencies, and authorities thereof, and other governing bodies of any local governmental entity concerning matters properly before such body; or (iii) made by an employee against his employer and where retaliatory action against an employee by such employer is otherwise prohibited by law. The bill also provides that any person who prevails in such a legal action may be awarded reasonable attorney fees and costs.

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Immunity of persons; tort actions, assertion of immunity, attorney fees and costs.


Roll Calls

2023-02-24 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (92-Y 1-N) (Y: 92 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 7) [PASS]
2023-02-24 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2023-02-23 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (77-Y 19-N) (Y: 77 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 4) [PASS]
2023-02-23 - Senate - Senate: Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2023-02-23 - Senate - Senate: House amendment rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (Y: 0 N: 40 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2023-02-20 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (16-Y 4-N) (Y: 16 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2023-02-13 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N) (Y: 7 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2023-01-31 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2023-01-27 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2023-01-25 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary (12-Y 0-N) (Y: 12 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2023-03-24 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0463)
2023-03-24 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 463 (effective 7/1/23)
2023-03-13 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
2023-03-13SenateEnrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 13, 2023
2023-03-08HouseSigned by Speaker
2023-03-08SenateSigned by President
2023-03-07SenateBill text as passed Senate and House (SB845ER)
2023-02-24HouseVOTE: Adoption (92-Y 1-N)
2023-02-24HouseConference report agreed to by House (92-Y 1-N)
2023-02-24SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
2023-02-24SenateConference substitute printed 23107516D-S1
2023-02-24 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2023-02-23HouseDelegates: Bell, Campbell, J.L., Maldonado
2023-02-23HouseConferees appointed by House
2023-02-23SenateSenators: Petersen, Deeds, Obenshain
2023-02-23SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2023-02-23SenateSenate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N)
2023-02-23HouseHouse requested conference committee
2023-02-23HouseHouse insisted on amendment
2023-02-23SenateHouse amendment rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N)
2023-02-23HouseVOTE: Passage (77-Y 19-N)
2023-02-23HousePassed House with amendment (77-Y 19-N)
2023-02-23HouseEngrossed by House as amended
2023-02-23HouseCommittee amendment agreed to
2023-02-23HouseRead third time
2023-02-22HouseRead second time
2023-02-20HouseReported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (16-Y 4-N)
2023-02-13HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
2023-02-10HouseAssigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
2023-02-09HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2023-02-09HouseRead first time
2023-02-09HousePlaced on Calendar
2023-01-31SenateRead third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
2023-01-30SenateRead second time and engrossed
2023-01-27SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2023-01-25SenateReported from Judiciary (12-Y 0-N)
2023-01-20SenateAssigned Judiciary sub: Civil Law
2022-12-28SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2022-12-28SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23102261D

Same As/Similar To

HB1757 (Same As) 2023-03-24 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0462)
HB1757 (Same As) 2023-03-24 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0462)


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
801223.2(n/a)See Bill Text

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