Churches, synagogues, etc.; localities shall not charge any fee unless authorized by general law. (HB1294)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from 30 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Yvonne Miller (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prohibition of certain local fees.  Provides that localities shall not charge an operational permit fee, assembly fee, or any similar fee to any religious institution. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/24/2012Unanimous consent to introduce
01/24/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104496D
01/24/2012Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/27/2012Assigned CC & T sub: #2
02/02/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Read first time
02/07/2012Read second time
02/07/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB1294E
02/07/2012Printed as engrossed 12104496D-E
02/08/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2012Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/28/2012Reported from Local Government with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Committee substitute printed 12105748D-S1
03/01/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Read third time
03/02/2012Passed by for the day
03/05/2012Read third time
03/05/2012Passed by for the day
03/06/2012Read third time
03/06/2012Passed by for the day
03/07/2012Read third time
03/07/2012Passed by for the day
03/08/2012Read third time
03/08/2012Reading of substitute waived
03/08/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105748D-S1
03/08/2012Amendment #1 by Senator Marsden withdrawn
03/08/2012Amendment #2 by Senator Marsden agreed to
03/08/2012Reading of amendments waived
03/08/2012Amendments by Senator Blevins agreed to
03/08/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments HB1294S1
03/08/2012Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2012Placed on Calendar
03/08/2012Passed by temporarily
03/08/2012Senate substitute with amendments rejected by House 12105748D-S1 (0-Y 95-N)
03/08/2012VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2012Senate insisted on substitute with amendments (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2012Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2012House acceded to request
03/08/2012Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2012Delegates: Spruill, Knight, Minchew
03/08/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2012Senators: Smith, Blevins, Barker
03/09/2012Conference report agreed to by House (90-Y 0-N)
03/09/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (90-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/15/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1294ER)
03/15/2012Signed by Speaker
03/17/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by House
04/09/2012Governor's substitute printed 12106303D-H1
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (95-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (HB1294ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 804 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0804)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.