African Americans, formerly enslaved; identification of history in Virginia. (HB2296)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from 12 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commission on the Preservation of the History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Virginia; report. Establishes an 11-member legislative commission to identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve the history for educational and cultural purposes. Among other things, the bill directs the Commission to promote the identification, preservation, and conservation of historic sites significant to the history, presence, and contributions of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; identify the contributions of African Americans to Virginia, the nation, and the world and recommend options to begin resolving lingering societal problems whose origins began with the institution of slavery; identify historical sites significant to the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; and recommend ways to increase tourism and revenues associated with such sites. The bill directs the Commission to submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly annually. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act, and the bill contains a July 1, 2020, sunset. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103178D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Rules
01/30/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2296)
01/31/2017Reported from Rules (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/2017Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/03/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/03/2017Reported from Appropriations with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Committee substitute printed 17105201D-H1
02/04/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105201D-H1
02/06/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2296H1
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred to Committee on Rules
02/09/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2296H1)
02/10/2017Reported from Rules with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2017Rereferred to Finance
02/15/2017Reported from Finance with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Read third time
02/17/2017Reading of amendments waived
02/17/2017Rules Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2017Reading of amendment waived
02/17/2017Finance Committee amendment agreed to
02/17/2017Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/17/2017Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Placed on Calendar
02/21/2017Senate amendments #1 and 2 agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/21/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Senate amendment #3 rejected by House (0-Y 96-N)
02/21/2017VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Senate insisted on amendment #3 (39-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: McQuinn, O'Bannon, Edmunds
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2017Senators: McDougle, Ruff, Dance
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
02/24/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2296ER)
03/07/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2296ER)
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
03/20/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 647 (effective 7/1/17)
03/20/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0647)


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 54 seconds.