Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; establish restrictions on display of U.S. flag. (HB956)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Condominium Act and the Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; display of the flag of the United States.  Provides that a unit owners' or property owner's association shall not prohibit or otherwise adopt or enforce any policy restricting a unit or lot owner from displaying upon property to which that owner has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use the flag of the United States whenever such display is in compliance with the federal Flag Code. The bill also provides that the unit owners' or property owners' association may establish reasonable restrictions as to the size, place, duration, and manner of placement or display of the flag provided the restrictions are necessary to protect a substantial interest of the unit owners' or property owners' association. Under the bill, if an action is brought by a unit owners' or property owners association to enforce a rule pertaining to display of the flag, the unit or lot owner may assert as an affirmative defense that the rule does not protect a substantial interest of the association. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101897D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/01/2010Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
02/03/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/04/2010Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Read first time
02/10/2010Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/11/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/11/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/17/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2010Read third time
02/22/2010Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2010Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB956ER)
02/24/2010Signed by Speaker
02/25/2010Signed by President
03/09/2010Governor's recommendation received by House
03/09/2010Placed on Calendar
03/09/2010Governor's substitute printed 10105704D-H1
03/11/2010House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
03/11/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2010Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2010G Governor's recommendation adopted
03/12/2010Reenrolled bill text (HB956ER2)
03/12/2010Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
03/12/2010Signed by President as reenrolled
03/12/2010Enacted, Chapter 166 (effective 7/1/10)
03/12/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0166)


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: SB151.


Chris writes:

It would be nice if all citizens had equal rights. My father and brother - both military - agree in that they serve for American values, not for special treatment.

Either everyone gets to fly the flag, or everyone has to abide by HOA agreements (which are contracts tied to deeds, usually). That's my thought. Thank you.

Chris writes:

My regrets - AP release, as follows, indicated that this was an exemption for certain peoples:

"RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A bill aimed at allowing decorated combat veterans to fly the American flag is headed for the governor's approval..."

Upon my quick review of the text of the bill, this seems to not be the case. When I have more time, I will review the whole bill more carefully. Again, if I am mistaken, my regrets. I'm sorry I blindly believed my local media outlets.