Charter; City of Hopewell. (HB2494)

Introduced By

Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell) with support from co-patrons Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), and Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Charter; City of Hopewell. Amends the charter to allow most bonds to be issued by the City of Hopewell upon the affirmative vote in a referendum of voters pursuant to the Code of Virginia, rather than on an affirmative vote of a majority of all members of city council, as is the current procedure. The only bonds that may still be issued upon an affirmative vote of a majority of city council members are (i) bonds issued for improvements to existing public buildings; (ii) bonds not exceeding $10 million, as adjusted for inflation, issued for economic development purposes as determined by the city council; (iii) revenue bonds; (iv) refunding bonds; and (v) tax and revenue anticipation obligations that mature within one year from the date of their issue. Further amends the charter to allow city council to elect to participate in a regional free library system in lieu of establishing a local library board and appoint members of the board of such system as permitted under the inter-jurisdictional contract establishing the regional library system. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Presented and ordered printed 098727564
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/23/2009Assigned CC & T sub: 1
01/28/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
01/30/2009Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Read first time
02/03/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2009Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/2009Reported from Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Read third time
02/20/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Passed by for the day
02/23/2009Read third time
02/23/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2494ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
02/28/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 484 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0484)