Constitutional amendment; exempts certain homeowners from taxation (second reference). (HJ4)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) with support from 43 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. William Barlow (D-Smithfield), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Al Eisenberg (D-Arlington), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Bob Hull (D-Falls Church), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Dwight Jones (D-Richmond), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg), Del. Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Paul Nichols (D-Woodbridge), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (second resolution); property exempt from taxation. Authorizes the General Assembly to enact legislation that will allow localities by ordinance to exempt from real property taxes, or defer real property taxes on, up to 20 percent of the value of residential or farm property that is the owner- occupant's primary dwelling and lived in continuously. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/26/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087831404
11/26/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2008Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
01/25/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (18-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2008Committee substitute printed 087680404-H1
01/29/2008Taken up
01/29/2008Committee substitute agreed to 087680404-H1
01/29/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ4H1
01/29/2008Agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
01/29/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2008Communicated to Senate
01/30/2008Reading waived
01/30/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/19/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N)
02/19/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 4-N)
02/21/2008Read second time
02/22/2008Passed by for the day
02/25/2008Read third time
02/25/2008Motion to recommit to committee agreed to (21-Y 19-N)
02/25/2008Recommitted to Privileges and Elections
02/25/2008Pursuant to rule 20(f)
02/25/2008Continued to 2009 in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HJ3, SJ6, HJ56 and HJ121.


Jim Duncan writes:

Why 20%?

robert legge writes:

20% is a nice round number, Jim. This bill looks hard to vote against. It will be of more help to areas with a lot of second homes. In urban areas it will probably hurt renters, if the landlords taxes go up. But in areas where land values have risen thanks to rich second home buyers, and the district's local composite index has risen, it seems fair to get some more money from them. But if there are few second homes, people should not think their taxes will drop 20%. If the county has less assessed value to deal with, they are going to raise the tax rate. But I still think I will support this one.