Military Parents Equal Protection Act; created. (SB188)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Military Parents Equal Protection Act; creation. Creates the Virginia Military Parents Equal Protection Act which limits a court's ability to permanently modify orders regarding the custody, visitation, or support of a child due to changed circumstances resulting from one parent's military service. Any modifications made to such orders are only effective for the length of the parent's military service. The bill defines military service as a combat deployment, contingency operation, or natural disaster requiring the use of orders that do not permit any family member to accompany a parent who is in the military. The bill also imposes a duty on the parent not in the military to accommodate the rights and leave schedule of the other parent. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084692240
01/07/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/11/2008Committee substitute printed 080289240-S1
02/11/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Read second time
02/12/2008Committee substitute rejected 080289240-S1
02/12/2008Amendments by Senator Cuccinelli withdrawn
02/12/2008Floor substitute printed 080290328-S2 (Stolle)
02/12/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2008Substitute by Senator Stolle agreed to 080290328-S2
02/12/2008Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB188S2
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/14/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/29/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Committee substitute printed 089595240-H1
03/04/2008Read second time
03/05/2008Read third time
03/05/2008Committee substitute agreed to 089595240-H1
03/05/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB188H1
03/05/2008Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB188ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 750 (effective 7/1/08)
04/02/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB188ER)