Real and personal property tax; exemption for religious bodies. (HB156)

Introduced By

Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Real property tax exemption for religious bodies. Clarifies the meaning of real property used exclusively for religious worship for determining the real property tax exemption for religious bodies. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/20/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102059D
12/20/2013Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/2014Impact statement from TAX (HB156)
01/17/2014Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/22/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 2-N)
02/03/2014Reported from Finance with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104707D-H1
02/04/2014Read first time
02/05/2014Read second time
02/05/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104707D-H1
02/05/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB156H1
02/06/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/06/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2014Referred to Committee on Finance
02/14/2014Impact statement from TAX (HB156H1)
02/18/2014Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2014Committee substitute printed 14105057D-S1
02/19/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Read third time
02/20/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105057D-S1
02/20/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB156S1
02/20/2014Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Placed on Calendar
02/24/2014Senate substitute rejected by House 14105057D-S1 (1-Y 97-N 1-A)
02/24/2014VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 97-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/26/2014Passed by temporarily
02/26/2014Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Senate requested conference committee
02/27/2014House acceded to request
02/28/2014Conferees appointed by Senate
02/28/2014Senators: Black, Puckett, Vogel
03/03/2014Conferees appointed by House
03/03/2014Delegates: Minchew, Anderson, Carr
03/06/2014C Amended by conference committee
03/06/2014Conference substitute printed 14105574D-H2
03/06/2014Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 2-N)
03/06/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2014Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/07/2014Passed by temporarily
03/07/2014Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/17/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB156ER)
03/17/2014Signed by President
03/18/2014Signed by Speaker
03/28/2014Impact statement from TAX (HB156ER)
04/04/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 555 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0555)


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: HB361.


Bob Lindsey writes:

HB-156 permits fundraising activity that would compete with, and grant competitive advantage over nearby private sector commercial activity.

Pete Fundsten writes:

HB 156 tracks the Virginia Constitution better than the current law and will make it easier for tax assessors to figure out what church-owned land is taxable and what is not.

This is a growing problem.


This is a good bill.