Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; establish restrictions on display of U.S. flag. (SB151)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


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


01/11/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101732D
01/11/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/03/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2010Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Placed on Calendar
02/16/2010Read first time
02/16/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/23/2010Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
02/24/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
03/02/2010Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Committee substitute printed 10105629D-H1
03/03/2010Read second time
03/04/2010Read third time
03/04/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105629D-H1
03/04/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB151H1
03/04/2010Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/04/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Title replaced 10105629D-H1
03/12/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB151ER)
03/13/2010Signed by Speaker
03/15/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 453 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0453)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB956.


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.