New Americans, Office of; created within Department of Social Services. (HB1209)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Social Services; Office of New Americans created. Establishes the Office of New Americans within the Department of Social Services and the Office of New Americans Advisory Board to assist with immigrant integration within the Commonwealth on an economic, social, and cultural level. The Office shall provide (i) advice and assistance regarding the citizenship application process; (ii) assistance with securing employment, housing, and services for which such persons may be eligible; (iii) information to localities and immigration service organizations about state programs that help such persons find and secure employment, housing, and services for which they may be eligible; and (iv) information to localities and immigration service organizations regarding health epidemics and unlawful predatory actions, such as human trafficking, gang recruitment, and fraudulent financial and other schemes, to which communities of such persons may be especially vulnerable. The Advisory Board shall report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on the activities of the Office of New Americans and provide recommendations for improving state policies and programs to support the economic, linguistic, and civic integration of new Americans throughout the Commonwealth. This bill is identical to SB 991. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105171D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2020Assigned HWI sub: Welfare
01/14/2020Assigned HWI sub: Social Services
01/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1209)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106907D-H1
01/28/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2020Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1209H1)
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106907D-H1
02/07/2020Amendment by Delegate Tran agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1209EH1
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20106907D-EH1
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1209EH1)
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (56-Y 41-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (56-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/21/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108816D-S1
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1209S1)
02/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108816D-S1
02/25/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1209S1
02/25/2020Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 100-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Placed on Calendar
02/27/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108816D-S1 (0-Y 100-N)
02/27/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Senate insisted on substitute (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/03/2020House acceded to request
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2020Senators: Hashmi, Boysko, Cosgrove
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Tran, Keam, Avoli
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (23-Y 16-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 45-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1209ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1209ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1078 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1078)


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