Immunity of persons at public hearing; awarding of reasonable attorney fees and costs. (HB1117)

Introduced By

Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunity of persons at public hearing; defamation; attorney fees; costs. Adds defamation to the causes of action from which a citizen shall be immune when appearing at a public hearing before the governing body of any locality or other political subdivision, or the boards, commissions, agencies, and authorities thereof, and other governing bodies of any local governmental entity. The bill requires that reasonable attorney fees and costs be awarded to any individual who has a suit against him dismissed pursuant to immunity provided to him at a public hearing. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101370D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2016Assigned to sub: Civil Law
01/20/2016Assigned App. sub: Civil Law
01/20/2016Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/25/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/27/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Committee substitute printed 16104713D-H1
01/27/2016Incorporates HB690
01/28/2016Incorporates HB690
01/29/2016Read first time
02/01/2016Read second time
02/01/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104713D-H1
02/01/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1117H1
02/02/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Committee substitute printed 16105314D-S1
02/17/2016Incorporates HB690
02/19/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Read third time
02/22/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105314D-S1
02/22/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1117S1
02/22/2016Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Placed on Calendar
02/24/2016Senate substitute agreed to by House 16105314D-S1 (88-Y 11-N)
02/24/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (88-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1117ER)
02/25/2016Signed by Speaker
02/26/2016Signed by President
02/29/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/29/16
02/29/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 7, 2016
03/04/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 239 (effective 7/1/16)
03/04/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0239)


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.