General registrars; residency requirement, exemption for counties or cities. (SB556)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


General registrars; residency requirement; exemption for certain counties and cities. Exempts counties and cities with a population of 25,000 or less from the requirement that a person appointed to serve as a general registrar must be a qualified voter of the county or city for which he is appointed. This bill is identical to HB 690. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102509D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB556)
01/23/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2018Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Placed on Calendar
01/31/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #3
02/14/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
03/02/2018Committee substitute printed 18107181D-H1
03/02/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB556H1)
03/02/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Read second time
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107181D-H1
03/06/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB556H1
03/06/2018Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/06/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (5-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018House insisted on substitute
03/08/2018House requested conference committee
03/08/2018Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Mason, Spruill, Vogel
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Rush, Leftwich, Simon
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference substitute printed 18108173D-S1
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/09/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB556S1)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB556ER)
03/20/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB556ER)
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 693 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0693)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.