Revolutionary War cemeteries and graves; disbursement of appropriated sums to maintain. (HB153)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Debra Rodman (D-Henrico), Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Revolutionary War cemeteries and graves. Authorizes the Comptroller of the Commonwealth to disburse appropriated sums to the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for the maintenance of no more than 4,050 Revolutionary War graves set forth on a list submitted annually by the society to the Director of the Department of Historic Resources (the Director). The bill expands the categories of people whose graves may be maintained or marked to include persons rendering service to the Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. The bill prohibits retroactive disbursements and requires the Director to deposit any funds that have been appropriated for grave maintenance but are not disbursed during the same fiscal year into the Revolutionary War Cemeteries and Graves Fund, which is created by the bill. The bill provides that the Director may use moneys in the Fund to make grants to perform extraordinary maintenance, renovation, repair, or reconstruction of cemeteries or graves or to erect and care for markers, memorials, and monuments.


Bill Has Passed


12/20/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103142D
12/20/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/15/2018Assigned ACNRsub: Subcommittee #2
01/18/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB153)
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/2018Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Appropriations with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee amendments from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources agreed to
02/12/2018Committee amendment from Appropriations agreed to
02/12/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB153E
02/12/2018Printed as engrossed 18103142D-E
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/14/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB153E)
02/19/2018Reported from General Laws and Technology (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/27/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Committee substitute printed 18107740D-S1
02/28/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107740D-S1
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB153S1
03/01/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB153S1)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107740D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2018House acceded to request
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Habeeb, Marshall, James
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Stanley, Reeves, Mason
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB153ER)
03/20/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB153ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 639 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0639)


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

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB177.