Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (HB7)

Introduced By

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

Those copatrons are Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. Prohibits any locality, its employees, or its appointed commissions from discriminating (i) in the application of local land use ordinances or guidelines, or in the permitting of housing developments, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap or (ii) in the permitting of housing developments because the housing development contains or is expected to contain affordable housing units occupied or intended for occupancy by families or individuals with incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income of the area where the housing development is located or is proposed to be located, unless at the time of the municipal decision, a proposed development will be located in a census tract wherein more than 50 percent of the units serve families or individuals at or below 80 percent of the median income of the area. The bill also requires the Fair Housing Board, after determining the existence of an unlawful discriminatory housing practice and after consultation with the Attorney General, to immediately refer the matter to the Attorney General for civil action. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100179D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2020Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB7)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106656D-H1
01/28/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB7H1)
01/30/2020Read first time
01/31/2020Passed by for the day
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute rejected 20106656D-H1
02/03/2020Floor substitute printed 20107506D-H2 (Bourne)
02/03/2020Substitute by Delegate Bourne agreed to 20107506D-H2
02/03/2020Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB7H2
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House (71-Y 28-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Passage (71-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB7H2)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/19/2020Continued to 2021 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 8 clips in all, totaling 10 minutes.