Real estate licensees; signing of pleadings, motions, and other papers. (HB259)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


  Signing of pleadings, motions, and other papers; real estate licensees. Proscribes an individual from alleging a real estate licensee has engaged in untrue, deceptive, or misleading advertising unless such licensee has been convicted doing so. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101965D
12/30/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/03/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Committee substitute printed 14104487D-H1
02/08/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104487D-H1
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB259H1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/2014Read third time
02/24/2014Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/26/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB259ER)
02/26/2014Signed by Speaker
02/28/2014Signed by President
04/06/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 650 (effective 7/1/14)
04/06/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0650)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This seems weird. Isn't that libel/slander, something to be handled as a civil matter, rather than as a criminal matter?

Jim Duncan writes:

Agreed. This is an odd bill, and another example of why I wish each bill had an attached rationale for its submission. I'd love to know what the precursor to this was and who's sponsoring it.

Jim writes:

Why are you surprised, Mr. Duncan? There has always been a certain Alice in Wonderland aspect to the General Assembly. I remember one year when a Delegate sponsored a bill that would have amended the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in a fashion that would have made Virginia the only place in the universe (except maybe in the world of quantum physics?) where 1+1=1.