Eminent domain; definition of public uses and limitations thereon. (SB781)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Eminent domain; definition of public uses. Enacts two alternative definitions of the public uses for which private property may be taken, and provides for a November 2007 referendum at which voters may indicate which definition they prefer or vote to leave the law unchanged. If a majority of those voting vote in favor of one of the alternative definitions, it will take effect January 1, 2008. Read the Bill »


04/04/2007: enacted


12/22/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 075544720
12/22/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB781)
01/22/2007Assigned Courts sub: Eminent Domain
02/05/2007Committee substitute printed 072014720-S1
02/06/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Read second time
02/06/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072014720-S1
02/06/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB781S1
02/06/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Passed Senate (37-Y 1-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Communicated to House
02/07/2007Placed on Calendar
02/07/2007Read first time
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB781S1)
02/09/2007Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/19/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Committee substitute printed 077248720-H1
02/20/2007Read second time
02/21/2007Committee substitute rejected 077248720-H1
02/21/2007Substitute by Delegate Bell agreed to
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Motion to pass by motion to pass by for the day by Howell, A.T. withdrawn
02/21/2007Passed by temporarily
02/21/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB781H1)
02/21/2007No action taken on Committee substitute 077248720-H1
02/21/2007Floor substitute printed 073907232-H2 (Bell)
02/21/2007Substitute by Delegate Bell agreed to 073907232-H2
02/21/2007Passed by for the day
02/22/2007Read third time
02/22/2007Passed by temporarily
02/22/2007Motion to reconsider passed by temporarily agreed to
02/22/2007Amendment by Delegate Bell agreed to
02/22/2007Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendment SB781H2
02/22/2007Passed House with substitute with amendment (87-Y 9-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (87-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House substitute with amendment rejected by Senate (5-Y 23-N 2-A)
02/22/2007VOTE: (5-Y 23-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House insisted on substitute with amendment
02/22/2007House requested conference committee
02/22/2007Senate acceded to request (34-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (34-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Rules Suspended to waive reading of conferees (33-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/22/2007VOTE: (33-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Reconsideration of Rules Suspended agreed to (32-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/22/2007Rules Suspended to waive reading of conferees (32-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/22/2007VOTE: (32-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by Senate
02/22/2007Senators: Cuccinelli, Newman, Edwards
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by House
02/22/2007Delegates: Bell, Athey, Joannou
02/24/2007Conference substitute printed 072038720-S2
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by House (85-Y 14-N)
02/24/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (85-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2007Reading of conference report waived
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 1-N 2-A)
02/24/2007VOTE: (37-Y 1-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
03/12/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB781ER)
03/12/2007Signed by President
03/13/2007Signed by Speaker
03/15/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB781ER)
03/26/2007Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter (effective 7/1/07)
04/04/2007Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 1-N)
04/04/2007G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/04/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Reenrolled bill text (SB781ER2)
04/04/2007Signed by President as reenrolled
04/04/2007Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter 901 (effective 7/1/07)
04/11/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0901)