Local government; authority to require abatement of criminal blight on real property. (SB451)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local government; authority to require abatement of criminal blight on real property. Authorizes any locality to enact an ordinance that requires corrective action to address criminal blight conditions on certain real property. The bill defines criminal blight to include conditions on real property that endanger residents of the community by the regular presence of persons using the property for controlled substance use or sale and other criminal activities, specifically commercial sex trafficking or prostitution or repeated acts of the malicious discharge of a firearm within a building or dwelling. Current law allows local governments to enact an ordinance for taking action against a property owner with regard to illegal drug activity on such real property within the locality. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. This bill is identical to HB 594. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101378D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/30/2018Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Committee substitute printed 18106172D-S1
02/01/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Read second time
02/02/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106172D-S1
02/02/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB451S1
02/05/2018Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Placed on Calendar
02/08/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/16/2018Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Committee substitute printed 18107282D-H1
02/20/2018Read second time
02/21/2018Read third time
02/21/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107282D-H1
02/21/2018Passed by for the day
02/22/2018Passed by for the day
02/23/2018Read third time
02/23/2018Amendment by Delegate Carr agreed to
02/23/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB451H1
02/23/2018Passed House with substitute with amendment (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Title replaced 18107282D-H1
03/01/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB451ER)
03/01/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/19/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 335 (effective 7/1/18)
03/19/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0335)