Appeal of tax assessments; prior to receipt of information, person to sign acknowledgment of order. (SB597)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Appeal of local tax assessments; confidentiality; trial by jury. Provides that an appeal to the circuit court for correction of an erroneous local tax assessment filed on or after July 1, 2016, may be conducted as a jury trial, at the discretion of the taxpayer, and prescribes the process for selecting jurors for such a proceeding. Additionally, the bill requires that prior to the release of confidential tax information in the course of such appeal, the court order the parties not to disclose such information to anyone not entitled to receive it and inform the parties that a violation of such an order is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Finally, the bill requires such a proceeding to follow the Uniform Pretrial Schedule Order provided in the Rules of Supreme Court unless the parties agree otherwise. Read the Bill »


03/04/2016: Passed the General Assembly


01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101076D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee on Finance
02/01/2016Impact statement from TAX (SB597)
02/03/2016Committee substitute printed 16104868D-S1
02/03/2016Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Passed by for the day
02/08/2016Read second time
02/08/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104868D-S1
02/08/2016Reading of amendment waived
02/08/2016Amendment by Senator Cosgrove agreed to
02/08/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB597ES1
02/08/2016Printed as engrossed 16104868D-ES1
02/09/2016Read 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 Finance
02/16/2016Impact statement from TAX (SB597ES1)
02/22/2016Referred from Finance
02/22/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Read second time
02/26/2016Read third time
02/26/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Signed by Speaker
02/29/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB597ER)
03/01/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House reprinted (SB597ER)
03/01/2016Signed by Speaker
03/02/2016Impact statement from TAX (SB597ER)
03/03/2016Signed by President
03/04/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/07/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016


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 36 seconds.