Removal of public official; no person who signs petition for removal of shall be liable for costs. (HB2465)

Introduced By

Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester) with support from co-patron Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Removal of public official; procedures; costs. Provides that an error or omission in the form of a petition for removal or in the statement of the grounds or reasons for removal shall not suffice to dismiss the petition unless the error or omission is material in determining whether statutory requirements have been met. The bill provides further that no person who signs or circulates a petition for the removal of an official (i) shall be liable for any costs associated with removal proceedings conducted pursuant to the petition, including attorney fees incurred by any other party or court costs, or (ii) shall have sanctions imposed against him pursuant to 8.01-271.1. The court may assess such costs or impose such sanctions only if it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner acted maliciously. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095592652
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2009Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/28/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
01/30/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Committee substitute printed 095611652-H1
02/02/2009Read first time
02/03/2009Read second time
02/03/2009Committee substitute agreed to 095611652-H1
02/03/2009Amendment by Delegate Morrissey ruled out of order
02/03/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2465H1
02/04/2009Passed by for the day
02/05/2009Passed by for the day
02/06/2009Read third time and passed House (93-Y 3-N)
02/06/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (93-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2009Committee substitute printed 095638328-S1
02/19/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Read third time
02/20/2009Passed by for the day
02/23/2009Read third time
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Committee substitute rejected 095638328-S1
02/24/2009Floor substitute printed 099828284-S2 (Norment)
02/24/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2009Substitute by Senator Norment agreed to 099828284-S2
02/24/2009Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB2465S2
02/24/2009Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009Senate substitute agreed to by House 099828284-S2 (94-Y 0-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2465ER)
03/10/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by House
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009House rejected Governor's recommendation (40-Y 57-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- REJECTED (40-Y 57-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Communicated to Governor
05/06/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 868 (effective 7/1/09)
05/06/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0868)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1394.