Removal of public official; no person who signs petition for removal of shall be liable for costs. (SB1394)

Introduced By

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 099810284
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/27/2009Rereferred from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2009Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/03/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/09/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time
02/10/2009Reading of amendments waived
02/10/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/10/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1394E
02/10/2009Printed as engrossed 099810284-E
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/16/2009Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
02/18/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/20/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Committee substitute printed 095642664-H1
02/23/2009Read second time
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Committee substitute agreed to 095642664-H1
02/24/2009Amendment by Delegate Morgan agreed to
02/24/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB1394H1
02/24/2009Passed House with substitute with amendment (95-Y 4-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (95-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Passed by temporarily
02/25/2009Passed by for the day
02/26/2009House substitute with amendment rejected by Senate (2-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009House insisted on substitute with amendment
02/26/2009House requested conference committee
02/26/2009Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2009Delegates: Morgan, Janis, Joannou
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2009Senators: Norment, Puckett, Vogel
02/27/2009Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 1-N)
02/27/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (95-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2009Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1394ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/2009Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter
04/08/2009Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (7-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Communicated to Governor
05/06/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 876 (effective 7/1/09)
05/06/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0876)


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 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2465.