Omnibus Citizen Bill of Rights; created. (HB2500)

Introduced By

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Omnibus Citizen Bill of Rights.  Creates the Citizen Bill of Rights designed to secure rights guaranteed to citizens of the Commonwealth by the Constitution of Virginia and achieves this goal by (i) providing a trial de novo for appeals from state agency decisions under the Administrative Process Act and local zoning and land development decisions, (ii) removing the presumption of official regularity and correctness in such appeals, (iii) increasing the cap on damages recoverable against the Commonwealth under the Virginia Tort Claims Act to $1 million from $100,000, (iv) increasing the statute of limitations in inverse condemnation cases to five years from three years, and (v) requiring the payment of reasonable costs and expert witness fees, and in certain cases attorney fees, to the property owner in condemnation cases where the amount awarded to the owner at trial exceeds the amount offered by the condemnor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2011Presented and ordered printed 11103675D
01/21/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2011Left in Courts of Justice