Open-space preservation; increases fee for every writing document and instrument admitted to record. (HB1623)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), and Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fee for open-space preservation. Increases from $1 to $3 the fee for open-space preservation charged for every deed, deed of trust, contract, or other instrument admitted to record in those jurisdictions in which open-space easements are held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. The bill also clarifies that the fee applies to any "deed, deed of trust, contract, or other instrument" admitted to record, replacing the term "deed." Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104611D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/2020Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/27/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/29/2020Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed 20106023D-H1
01/31/2020Read first time
02/03/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106023D-H1
02/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1623H1
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House (58-Y 40-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Passage (58-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1623H1)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/18/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Passed by for the day
02/21/2020Passed by for the day
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Amendments by Senator Norment withdrawn
02/24/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1623ER)
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1623ER)
02/28/2020Signed by Speaker
03/02/2020Signed by President
03/11/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2020
03/11/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 623 (effective 7/1/20)
04/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0623)


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 5 minutes.

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