Constitutional amendment; taking or damaging of private property for public use (voter referendum). (HB5)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from 13 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg), Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall), Sen. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); taking or damaging of private property; public use.  Provides for a referendum at the November 6, 2012, election to approve or reject an amendment eliminating the General Assemblys authority to define a public use for which private property may be taken or damaged and providing that no private property shall be taken or damaged for a public use without just compensation to the property owner and that only so much of the property as is necessary to achieve the public use is taken or damaged. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/22/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100100D
11/22/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2012Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
02/06/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB5)
02/10/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/13/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB5E
02/13/2012Printed as engrossed 12100100D-E
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (83-Y 14-N)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (83-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/21/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB5E)
02/23/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Read third time
02/24/2012Passed Senate (22-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB5ER)
03/01/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB5ER)
03/01/2012Signed by Speaker
03/03/2012Signed by President
03/14/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate reprinted (HB5ER)
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 684 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0684)