Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation, etc. (SB67)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)

Progress

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

Description

Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; sexual orientation and gender identity. Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill also defines sexual orientation and gender identity. Amends § 36-96.1, § 36-96.4, § 55-248.47, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/21/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101139D
12/21/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/13/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB67)
01/25/2016Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2016Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/17/2016Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/18/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/08/2016Left 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.