Permits and approvals, certain; damages for unconstitutional grant or denial by locality. (SB578)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Attorney fees in certain land use cases. Provides that a court, in addition to any other relief provided, and for good cause, may award reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and court costs to any person, group, or entity that prevails in an action successfully challenging an ordinance, administrative act, or other local action related to planning, subdivision of land, zoning, or other land use activity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103510D
01/10/2014Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/21/2014Reported from Local Government (11-Y 0-N)
01/21/2014Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/27/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2014Committee substitute printed 14104439D-S1
01/28/2014Passed by for the day
01/29/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/30/2014Read second time
01/30/2014Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104439D-S1
01/30/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB578S1
01/31/2014Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Placed on Calendar
02/07/2014Read first time
02/07/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/17/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 1-N)
02/21/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014Read second time
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Committee amendment agreed to
02/26/2014Engrossed by House as amended
02/26/2014Passed House with amendment (98-Y 1-N 1-A)
02/26/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/05/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB578ER)
03/05/2014Signed by Speaker
03/08/2014Signed by President
04/06/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 717 (effective 7/1/14)
04/06/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0717)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 10 minutes.