Immunity of persons; statements regarding matters of public concern communicated to a third party. (HB1941)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunity of persons; defamation; statements regarding matters of public concern communicated to a third party; statements made at a public hearing. Adds defamation to the causes of action from which a citizen shall be immune when making statements (i) regarding matters of public concern, as defined in the bill, to a third party or (ii) 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 changes from permissive to mandatory the provision that reasonable attorney fees and costs be awarded to any individual who has a suit against him dismissed pursuant to such immunity. The bill requires the court to give priority on its docket to any pleading brought invoking such immunity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103695D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2017Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/25/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 4-N)
01/25/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 3-N)
02/03/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Committee substitute printed 17104831D-H1
02/04/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104831D-H1
02/06/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1941H1
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House (74-Y 23-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (74-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Committee substitute printed 17105353D-S1
02/17/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Read third time
02/20/2017Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105353D-S1
02/20/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1941S1
02/20/2017Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Placed on Calendar
02/21/2017Senate substitute rejected by House 17105353D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
02/21/2017VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Senate requested conference committee
02/23/2017House acceded to request
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2017Delegates: Kilgore, Minchew, Bell, John J.
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2017Senators: Obenshain, Petersen, Sturtevant
02/25/2017C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2017Conference substitute printed 17105858D-H2
02/25/2017Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2017Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/25/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1941ER)
03/07/2017Signed by Speaker
03/10/2017Signed by President
03/13/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 586 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0586)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

report or two. Mr. Speaker turning to page 14, a conference report received for senate bill 1239, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to child day programs exemption from licensure. The conference report distribute the. Available online and is above the body.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman from caroline, Mr. Larock.

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun): when senate bill came to us in hwi committee it was -- Mr. Orrock. This was the result of a study initiated in the budget last year at the request of the senate. It involved stakeholders and no legislative input but the product of that study group and that work group was to separate out six entities that is previously been totally exempt from child daycare licensure and the original bill that came to us said five of those six entities would beginning in 2018 2018 have to comply with three different provisions, relative notification that they are there, a posting to the public that they were not licensed, and then for three of the five entities, there were certain other reporting requirements training standards, facility safety provisions, things of that nature. The two left out of the additional requirements were the parks and recs and other government run programs and the premise behind that was because these were local government run you have local government oversight of the facilities and it would not necessarily require dss to be as directly hands on. The contention that arose as a result of the senate bill and this came up in hwi and why that

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