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. Chris Head (R-Roanoke), 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)


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


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