Annexation; extends current moratorium on city annexations and county immunity actions. (SB309)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) with support from co-patron Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Annexation. Extends the current moratorium on city annexations and county immunity actions by 10 years to 2028. Provisions that would trigger the early expiration of the moratorium if the General Assembly fails to appropriate certain amounts for local law-enforcement expenditures are exempted through the 2026-2028 biennium. The Commission on Local Government is directed to evaluate the structure of cities and counties in the Commonwealth and the impact of annexation upon localities. In doing so, the Commission shall consider alternatives to the current moratorium on annexation by cities. The Commission shall issue its findings and recommended policy changes to the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2025. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103788D
01/08/2016Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/15/2016Impact statement from DHCD (SB309)
02/02/2016Committee substitute printed 16105140D-S1
02/02/2016Reported from Local Government with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Read second time
02/05/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105140D-S1
02/05/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB309S1
02/08/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Placed on Calendar
02/11/2016Read first time
02/11/2016Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/19/2016Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Read second time
02/23/2016Read third time
02/23/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/23/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB309ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 158 (effective 7/1/16)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB945.