Virginia Human Rights Act; unlawful discriminatory practice, definition of anti-Semitism. (HB2261)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Human Rights Act; unlawful discriminatory practice; anti-Semitism. Provides that the terms "because of religion" and "on the basis of religion," and terms of similar import when used in reference to discrimination in the Code of Virginia and acts of the General Assembly, include anti-Semitism. The bill requires the board of visitors of public institutions of higher education to establish policies or institutional regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, or disability in compliance with state and federal law. In addition, the bill (i) codifies the definition of "anti-Semitism" established by the U.S. Department of State and (ii) provides for the investigating authority to consider the definition when investigating alleged violations of unlawful discriminatory practice on the basis of a person's real or perceived Jewish identity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103624D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/14/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2261)
01/17/2017Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/08/2017Left in General Laws