Monuments and memorials for war veterans; authority of localities. (HB5030)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Monuments and memorials for war veterans; authority of localities. Changes the authority of a locality from the authority to "contextualize or cover" to the authority to "alter" a monument or memorial for war veterans located within the geographical limits of the locality, with the result that the locality has the authority to remove, relocate, or alter such monument or memorial. The bill removes the current requirement that the locality publish notice of its intent to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover such monument or memorial in a newspaper having general circulation in the locality, allow a public hearing on the matter, and, if the governing body votes to remove the monument or memorial, offer, for a period of at least 30 days, the monument or memorial for relocation and placement to any museum, historical society, government, or military battlefield. In addition, an existing enactment clause that excludes "a monument or memorial located on the property of a public institution of higher education within the City of Lexington" from the application of this law is repealed. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200627D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
08/19/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5030S1)
08/27/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/27/2020Reported from Rules with amendments (13-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
08/28/2020Read first time
09/03/2020Read second time
09/03/2020Committee amendments #1 and #2 agreed to
09/03/2020Committee amendment #3 rejected
09/03/2020Pending question ordered
09/03/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB5030E
09/03/2020Printed as engrossed 20200627D-E
09/04/2020Engrossment reconsidered by House
09/04/2020Read second time
09/04/2020Committee amendments #1 and #2 reconsidered
09/04/2020Committee amendment #1 rejected
09/04/2020Committee amendment #2 agreed to
09/04/2020Reengrossed by House as amended HB5030E2
09/04/2020Printed as reengrossed 20200627D-E2
09/08/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 43-N)
09/08/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
09/09/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/09/2020Referred to Committee on Local Government
09/22/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
10/05/2020Passed by indefinitely in Local Government with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Paul Allen Clark writes:

Representatives and citizens,
Fight against this Bill. This is a violation of the First Amendment and the will of free people.

I have thousands of ancestors who fought in all wars.
This is an afront to the memories of all American veterans. I am in horror at the prospect of the war coming as these continued attempts by the marxists in Virginia to destroy our state go unchecked.
Mark my word this is leading to the inevitable clash of culture and survival that will go beyond the current Cold War between Marxism and freedom - and the next conflict will be so terrible it will make 1861-1865 look like a minor scrap.

Do not vote in favor of the actions proposed in this bill which is meant to sew seeds of destruction. This is what marxists want, but still we must fight because it is what our ancestors did. The fight for freedom is all we have. We lose in Virginia, we lose our country.
I urge you to reverse course and let the dead Rest In Peace! Before it’s too late.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

"If localities are given the option to not have some statues then we will slaughter millions of Americans in a new civil war" is not the defense of statues that you think it is.

Margaret Windley writes:

Does this mean that if an owner can't sell a building, he or she could put a war memorial sign on it, go on vacation and let the locality take it? Then when he or she returns, he or she will be able to file an inverse condemnation suit against the state and/or locality for an eminent domain taking. My husband has a background in condemnation appraising and sees this as a work creation opportunity. Might it not be a good idea to title this the condemnation lawyers enablement act of 2020?

Linda Buzzelli writes:

I beg you to vote against this bill. To invade the holy grounds of a cemetery to remove a veterans statue is beyond wrong just because it offends you. This bill offends me. It offends everything America has always stood for. My grandfather, Dad, brother, husband and grandson are veterans. You have NO right to do this. I have stood by and kept my mouth shut but no more! Enough is enough!