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VASB631EngrossAbandoned and stolen shopping carts; local regulation. Provides that any locality in Planning District 8 may, by ordinance, provide that it is unlawful for any person to place, leave, or abandon on any real property in the locality, or within specifi...
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2020-02-25
To House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee
VAHB166EnrollHearing notice by localities. Provides that in any instance in which a locality in Planning District 23 has submitted a timely notice of public hearing to a newspaper published or having general circulation in the locality and the newspaper fails to ...
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2020-02-24
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 2, 2020
VAHB421EngrossControl of firearms by localities. Grants localities authority to adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, or motion governing the possession, carrying, storage, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof in the l...
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2020-02-24
Committee substitute printed 20108858D-S1
VAHB390EngrossAlcoholic beverage control; license and fee reform. Reorganizes all alcoholic beverage control licenses pursuant to the three-tier structure and license privileges, consolidates many licenses with common privileges, aligns license fee amounts with en...
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2020-02-24
Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
VAHB549PassOvergrown vegetation; local authority. Authorizes any locality within Planning District 23 to include provisions for cutting overgrown shrubs, trees, and other such vegetation in an ordinance requiring certain landowners to cut the grass, weeds, and ...
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2020-02-24
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 13 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB657EngrossComprehensive plan; solar facilities review. Exempts a solar facility that is 150 megawatts or less from the requirement that it be reviewed for substantial accord with a locality's comprehensive plan if the zoning ordinance of the locality permits s...
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2020-02-24
Committee substitute printed 20108882D-S1
VAHB655EngrossConditional zoning for solar photovoltaic projects. Authorizes a locality to include reasonable regulations and provisions for conditional zoning for solar photovoltaic (electric energy) projects of more than five megawatts, as measured in alternatin...
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2020-02-24
VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N)
VAHB585PassComprehensive plan; transit-oriented development. Requires that each city with a population greater than 20,000 and each county with a population greater than 100,000 consider incorporating into the next scheduled and all subsequent reviews of its co...
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2020-02-24
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 14 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB600EngrossFamily day homes; storage of firearms. Requires that during the hours of operation of a family day home, all firearms be stored unloaded in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet and that ammunition be stored in a separate locked container, comp...
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2020-02-24
Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
VAHB707EngrossConservation of trees; Town of Vienna. Allows the Town of Vienna, by ordinance, to require that a subdivision or development provide for the preservation or replacement of trees on the development site such that the minimum tree canopy 10 years after...
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2020-02-24
To Senate Local Government Committee
VAHB760EngrossAnnual local audit; enforcement; civil penalty. Provides an enforcement mechanism if a locality that is late in completing its required audit fails to give proper notification of the delayed audit. Such enforcement may include a writ of mandamus and ...
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2020-02-24
Reported from Local Government (12-Y 0-N)
VAHB757EngrossPublic employment; limitations on inquiries by state agencies and localities regarding criminal arrests, charges, or convictions. Prohibits state agencies and localities from including on any employment application a question inquiring whether the pr...
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2020-02-24
Passed Senate (25-Y 14-N)
VAHB1108EngrossCity council salaries. Removes the statutory salary caps for members of city councils.
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2020-02-24
Failed to report (defeated) in Local Government (7-Y 7-N)
VAHB1105EngrossAffordable housing; City of Charlottesville. Adds the City of Charlottesville to the list of localities with authority to provide for an affordable housing dwelling unit program.
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2020-02-24
Reported from Local Government (12-Y 1-N)
VAHB1250EngrossCommunity Policing Act; data collection and reporting Community Policing Act; data collection and reporting requirement. Prohibits law-enforcement officers and State Police officers from engaging in bias-based profiling, defined in the bill, in the p...
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2020-02-24
To Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee
VAHB1385EngrossInsurance for certain retired employees of political subdivisions. Allows localities to extend certain insurance benefits to retired employees of political subdivisions.
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2020-02-24
Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N)
VASB588EngrossLocal tax authority. Modifies the restrictions that currently apply to county admission, cigarette, food and beverage, and transient occupancy taxes. The bill authorizes all counties to tax cigarettes at up to 40 cents per pack. The bill limits the c...
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2020-02-24
VOTE: Passage (58-Y 40-N 1-A)
VASB616EngrossDepartment of Game and Inland Fisheries; name change. Renames the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as the Department of Wildlife Resources and the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries as the Board of Wildlife Resources.
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2020-02-24
VOTE: Passage (60-Y 40-N)
VASB593EngrossLicensed family day homes; storage of firearms. Requires that all firearms in a licensed family day home be stored unloaded in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet. The bill also requires that, during the family day home's hours of operation, ...
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2020-02-24
House requested conference committee
VASB578EngrossEarly childhood care and education; licensing. Requires the Board of Education to establish a statewide unified public-private system for early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth to be administered by the Board of Education, the Superin...
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2020-02-24
Title replaced 20108279D-H1
VASB868EngrossProhibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates explicit causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the ...
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2020-02-24
VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N)
VAHB1534EngrossCollection of town taxes by county. Authorizes the board of supervisors of any county that has adopted the urban county executive form of government to enter into agreements with towns located partially or wholly within such county for the collection...
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2020-02-24
Reported from Local Government (11-Y 0-N)
VAHB1647EngrossElectric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements; public generating facilities; net energy metering; community solar. The measure, for customers of investor-owned territories and in the certificated service territories of investor-owned util...
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2020-02-24
Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 2-N)
VAHB1675EngrossSiting of solar energy facilities. Requires any applicant seeking to locate a commercial solar photovoltaic (electric energy) generation or storage facility, or any portion thereof, on any census tract meeting the eligibility requirements for an oppo...
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2020-02-24
Committee substitute printed 20108879D-S1
VAHB1725EngrossJudicial assistants. Provides that a judicial assistant serving a circuit court judge and whose position is funded in whole or in part by a county or city shall serve at the pleasure and under the sole management and supervision of the presiding judg...
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2020-02-24
Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
VASB622EngrossState Board of Corrections; rename as the State Board of Local and Regional Jails; powers and duties. Authorizes the Director of the Department of Corrections to develop and establish operating procedures to maintain prisoners residing in state corre...
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2020-02-23
To House Appropriations: Transportation & Public Safety Committee
VASB35EngrossControl of firearms by localities; permitted events. Control of firearms by localities; permitted events. Authorizes any locality by ordinance to prohibit the possession or carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components or any combination thereof in...
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2020-02-21
Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
VAHB245EnrollFornication; repeal. Repeals the crime of fornication, i.e., voluntary sexual intercourse by an unmarried person, punishable under current law as a Class 4 misdemeanor.
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB245ER)
VAHB284EngrossRemoval of dangerous roadside conditions; local option. Authorizes any locality, by ordinance, to require the owner of any property located adjacent to a right-of-way maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove any and all trees...
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2020-02-21
VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 95-N)
VAHB246EnrollLocal law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems. Requires localities to adopt and establish a written policy for the operation of a body-worn camera system, as defined in the bill, that follows identified best practices and is consistent wit...
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB246ER)
VASB225EngrossRemoval of dangerous roadside conditions; local option. Authorizes any locality, by ordinance, to require the owner of any property located within five feet of the pavement of any public right-of-way to remove any and all trees, tree limbs, shrubs, h...
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2020-02-21
Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendments (20-Y 2-N)
VAHB505EnrollBoard of zoning appeals; writ of certiorari. Provides that once the writ of certiorari is served in response to a petition from a party aggrieved by a board of zoning appeals decision, the board of zoning appeals shall have 21 days or as ordered by t...
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2020-02-21
Signed by President
VASB292EngrossBoard of zoning appeals; dual office holding. Authorizes a member of a board of zoning appeals to be appointed to also serve as an officer of election.
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2020-02-21
Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (22-Y 0-N)
VAHB554EngrossZoning for wireless communications infrastructure. Authorizes a locality to disapprove an application submitted for an administrative review-eligible project or for any zoning approval required for a standard process project that proposes to locate a...
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2020-02-21
Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A)
VAHB656EngrossSolar energy projects; national standards. Authorizes a locality to include in its zoning ordinance provisions to incorporate generally accepted national environmental protection and product safety standards for the use of solar panels and battery te...
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2020-02-21
VOTE: Adoption (92-Y 5-N)
VAHB558EngrossEnhancement of micro-business participation in local procurement. Allows any locality to enact an ordinance to enhance micro-business participation in local government procurement practices. Such measures may include special designation of local micr...
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2020-02-21
VOTE: REJECTED (4-Y 92-N)
VAHB696EnrollLocal human rights ordinances; sexual orientation and gender identity. Provides that localities may prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, and education on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB696ER)
VASB329EngrossDisposal of solid waste fees; Russell County. Allows Russell County to levy fees by ordinance, and after a public hearing, for the disposal and management of solid waste at a county collection or disposal facility not to exceed the actual cost incurr...
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2020-02-21
Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
VAHB670EnrollDoor locking mechanisms and other safety devices. Provides that the Department of Housing and Community Development shall convene stakeholders representing entities that enforce the Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prev...
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB670ER)
VAHB738EnrollPresiding officer of county board of supervisors; terminology. Specifies that the presiding officer of a board of supervisors shall be called "chairman," "chairwoman," "chair," "chairperson," or "chair-at-large," in the presiding officer's discretion...
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB738ER)
VAHB726EnrollComprehensive plan. Extends the time by which a governing body is required to approve or disapprove a locality-initiated comprehensive plan amendment for more than 25 parcels from 90 to 150 days.
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB726ER)
VAHB742EngrossLocal regulation of unmanned aerial systems. Authorizes a political subdivision, by ordinance or regulation, to regulate the takeoff or landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision in accordance with the rules and...
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2020-02-21
VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 0-N)
VAHB731EngrossZoning; City of Hampton; alcoholic beverage control licensees. Grants the City of Hampton authority to impose a condition upon any special exception or use permit relating to retail alcoholic beverage control licensees which provides that such specia...
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2020-02-21
Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (13-Y 0-N)
VAHB929EnrollSubdivision plats. Provides that certain approved final subdivision plats shall remain valid indefinitely if a recorded plat dedicating real property to the locality has been accepted by such grantee.
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB929ER)
VASB360EngrossInstallation of certain facilities by developer; reimbursement. Provides specific parameters to address the installation of reasonable and necessary sewerage and water facilities located on or outside the property limits of the land owned or controll...
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2020-02-21
Committee substitute printed 20108407D-H1
VAHB875EnrollLocal ordinance on grass cutting. Authorizes a locality located in Planning District 6 to enforce on residential land of one acre or less in an area zoned for agricultural use an ordinance requiring owners of property to cut the grass, weeds, and oth...
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB875ER)
VAHB938EnrollRelocation or expansion of courthouse. Provides that relocation or expansion of a courthouse to property within 1,000 feet of the parcel upon which the courthouse is located shall not trigger a referendum requirement. The existing statute exempts onl...
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB938ER)
VASB349EngrossInsurance for certain retired employees of political subdivisions. Allows localities to extend certain insurance benefits to retired employees of political subdivisions.
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2020-02-21
Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (22-Y 0-N)
VASB340EngrossOvergrown vegetation; local authority. Authorizes any locality within Planning District 23 to include provisions for cutting overgrown shrubs, trees, and other such vegetation in an ordinance requiring certain landowners to cut the grass, weeds, and ...
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2020-02-21
Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (19-Y 3-N)
VAHB998EnrollAdoption of flood plain ordinances. Provides that any locality may by ordinance regulate the activity on, use of, or development of a flood plain in a manner consistent with any state or federal flood plain management programs and requirements.
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2020-02-21
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB998ER)
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