Housing Authorities Law; various changes to update provisions. (HB699)

Introduced By

Del. Terrie Suit (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Allen Dudley (R-Rocky Mount), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), and Sen. Jay O'Brien (R-Clifton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Housing Authorities Law. Makes various changes to the Housing Authorities Law to update its provisions. The bill adds several definitions including "blighted area," "blighted property," "conservation area," "redevelopment area," and "spot blight abatement plan." The bill also reconfirms that the elimination of blight in a redevelopment area, the prevention of blight in a conservation area, and the designation of individual properties as blighted pursuant to a spot blight abatement plan are public uses and purposes. In addition, the bill (i) updates referendum provisions; (ii) clarifies that written notice sent by certified mail to all record owners at their last known address as indicated in the records of the treasurer, current real estate tax records, or the records of any other officer responsible for collecting taxes prior to the use of eminent domain and spot blight abatement proceedings is required; (iii) clarifies that an owner in a proposed redevelopment or conservation area has the right to present testimony before the local governing body objecting to the designation of an area as a redevelopment or conservation area, and to acquisition of their property by negotiated purchase or the use of eminent domain; and (iv) clarifies that farm structures are generally exempt from the Housing Authorities Law and that the right to establish redevelopment or conservation areas and use the process of spot blight abatement shall not abrogate the right to farm as protected in 3.1-22.28. The bill includes various technical amendments. Read the Bill »


04/06/2006: signed by governor


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 065304520
01/10/2006Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/2006Assigned to General Laws sub-committee: #1 Housing (Suit)
02/09/2006Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006Committee substitute printed 067705520-H1
02/11/2006Read first time
02/13/2006Read second time
02/13/2006Committee substitute agreed to 067705520-H1
02/13/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB699H1
02/14/2006Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Communicated to Senate
02/15/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2006Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/22/2006Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)
02/24/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/24/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/27/2006Passed by for the day
02/28/2006Passed by for the day
03/01/2006Passed by for the day
03/02/2006Passed by for the day
03/03/2006Passed by for the day
03/06/2006Read third time
03/06/2006Amendments by Senator Devolites Davis withdrawn
03/06/2006Floor substitute printed 065394782-S1 (Obenshain)
03/06/2006Reading of substitute waived
03/06/2006Substitute by Senator Obenshain agreed to 065394782-S1
03/06/2006Passed by for the day
03/07/2006Passed by temporarily
03/07/2006Read third time
03/07/2006Amendments by Senator Cuccinelli withdrawn
03/07/2006Reading of amendments waived
03/07/2006Amendment #1 by Senator Cuccinelli rejected
03/07/2006Amendments #s 2 and 3 by Senator Cuccinelli rejected
03/07/2006Reading of amendment waived
03/07/2006Amendment by Senator Watkins agreed to
03/07/2006Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendment HB699S1
03/07/2006Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (38-Y 2-N)
03/07/2006VOTE: (38-Y 2-N)
03/08/2006Placed on Calendar
03/09/2006Senate substitute agreed to by House (93-Y 3-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 3-N)
03/09/2006Senate amendment agreed to by House (76-Y 21-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (76-Y 21-N)
03/15/2006Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB699ER)
03/15/2006Signed by Speaker
03/16/2006Signed by President
04/06/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 784 (effective 7/1/06)
04/17/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0784)