Va. Fair Housing Law; responsibilities with respect to use of an assistance animal in a dwelling. (HB2006)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Fair Housing Law; rights and responsibilities with respect to the use of an assistance animal in a dwelling. Sets out the rights and responsibilities under the Virginia Fair Housing Law ( 36-96.1 et seq.) with respect to maintaining an assistance animal in a dwelling. The bill establishes a process for the review and approval or denial of a request from a person with a disability for reasonable accommodation to maintain an assistance animal in such person's dwelling. Under the bill, whenever a request for a reasonable accommodation to maintain an assistance animal in a dwelling is denied for reasons other than that the requester does not have (i) a disability or (ii) a disability-related need for an assistance animal, the person who receives the request shall initiate an interactive process with the individual requesting accommodation to determine if there is an alternative accommodation that would effectively address the disability-related need. The bill removes language providing that the terms "individual with a handicap" nor the term "handicap" do not apply to an individual solely because that individual is a transvestite. The bill also defines assistance animal, major life activities, and physical or mental impairment. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103597D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2017Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2006)
01/17/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/19/2017Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2017Read first time
01/24/2017Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2017Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
01/25/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/13/2017Committee substitute printed 17105420D-S1
02/13/2017Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2006S1)
02/15/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Read third time
02/16/2017Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105420D-S1
02/16/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2006S1
02/16/2017Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Placed on Calendar
02/20/2017Senate substitute rejected by House 17105420D-S1 (3-Y 91-N)
02/20/2017VOTE: REJECTED (3-Y 91-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Senate requested conference committee
02/22/2017House acceded to request
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2017Delegates: Carr, Peace, Helsel
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2017Senators: Barker, Suetterlein, Sturtevant
02/24/2017Conference substitute printed 17105862D-H1
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
02/24/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2006H1)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2006ER)
03/07/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2006ER)
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
03/24/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 729 (effective 7/1/17)
03/24/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0729)


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 56 seconds.