Chaplains of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force; sermons. (SB690)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Chaplains of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force; sermons. Prohibits censorship by state government officials or agencies of the religious content of sermons in services of worship made by chaplains of the Virginia National Guard while in Title 32 or State Active Duty status or of the Virginia Defense Force, so long as such content does not urge disobedience of lawful orders. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/21/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100675D
11/21/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/26/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Committee substitute printed 15104326D-S1
01/27/2015Incorporates SB1295
01/28/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Read second time
01/29/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104326D-S1
01/29/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB690S1
01/30/2015Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/13/2015Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Read second time
02/17/2015Read third time
02/17/2015Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB690ER)
02/20/2015Signed by Speaker
02/23/2015Signed by President
02/24/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/24/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/24/15
02/24/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/17/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 283 (effective 7/1/15)
03/17/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0283)


Secular Coalition for Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Secular Coalition of Virginia strongly opposes this bill. SB690 is almost verbatim SB555 from last year's session which was correctly vetoed by the Governor. This bill does nothing to correct the concerns raised by SB555 and if anything only serves to potentially expose Guard and Defense members to religious proselytizing by Chaplains.