Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination, definition of sexual orientation, etc. (HB300)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from 22 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination; sexual orientation; gender identity. Adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful discriminatory housing practice. The bill defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/04/2016Committee
01/04/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100254D
01/04/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/13/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB300)
02/03/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #4
02/03/2016Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/04/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in General Laws

Comments

ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill. The legislation would extend the Virginia Fair Housing Law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. All Virginians should have the right to obtain housing free from discrimination and without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity. No Virginian should fear having their housing application rejected because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But, because there not a clear statewide law to protect people from housing discrimination based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, a person can legally be denied housing because they are LGBT. The current state law already prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, or familial status. It’s past time for Virginia to make it clear that this basic protection extends to LGBT individuals.

Equality Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Equality Virginia supports this bill.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill. The legislation would extend the Virginia Fair Housing Law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. All Virginians should have the right to obtain housing free from discrimination and without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity. No Virginian should fear having their housing application rejected because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But, because there not a clear statewide law to protect people from housing discrimination based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, a person can legally be denied housing because they are LGBT. The current state law already prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, or familial status. It’s past time for Virginia to make it clear that this basic protection extends to LGBT individuals.