War memorials for veterans; removal, relocation, etc. (SB183)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patrons Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), and Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Memorials for war veterans. Provides that a locality may remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover any monument or memorial for war veterans on the locality's public property, not including a monument or memorial located in a publicly owned cemetery, regardless of when the monument or memorial was erected, and removes certain criminal and civil penalties. Current law makes it unlawful to disturb or interfere with such monuments or memorials or to prevent citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation, and care of such monuments or memorials. Prior to removing, relocating, contextualizing, or covering any such publicly owned monument or memorial, the local governing body shall publish notice of such intent in a newspaper having general circulation in the locality. The notice shall specify the time and place of a public hearing at which interested persons may present their views, not less than 30 days after publication of the notice. After the completion of the hearing, the governing body may vote whether to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover the monument or memorial. If the governing body votes to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover the monument or memorial, the local governing body shall first, for a period of 30 days, offer the monument or memorial for relocation and placement to any museum, historical society, government, or military battlefield. The local governing body shall have sole authority to determine the final disposition of the monument or memorial. The bill authorizes the local governing body to call for an advisory referendum prior to voting on such motion. The bill repeals an 1890 act of assembly related to the placement of a statue in the City of Alexandria and does not apply to a monument or memorial located on the property of a public institution of higher education within the City of Lexington. The bill also provides that the Board of Historic Resources shall promulgate regulations governing the manner in which any monument or memorial may be contextualized. This bill incorporates SB 560 and SB 620 and is identical to HB 1537. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/26/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101204D
12/26/2019Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/12/2020Impact statement from DHCD (SB183)
01/18/2020Impact statement from DHCD (SB183)
02/03/2020Reported from Local Government with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Incorporates SB560 (Spruill)
02/03/2020Incorporates SB620 (Deeds)
02/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20107534D-S1
02/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
02/05/2020Recommitted to Local Government
02/05/2020Reported from Local Government with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107671D-S2
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute rejected 20107534D-S1
02/06/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107671D-S2
02/06/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/06/2020Amendment by Senator Reeves agreed to
02/06/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB183ES2
02/06/2020Printed as engrossed 20107671D-ES2
02/06/2020Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Passed by for the day
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/10/2020Amendment by Senator Petersen agreed to
02/10/2020Amendment by Senator Norment agreed to
02/10/2020Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB183E2S2
02/10/2020Printed as reengrossed 20107671D-E2S2
02/11/2020Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2020Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20109327D-H1
03/03/2020Read second time
03/04/2020Read third time
03/04/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109327D-H1 (50-Y 46-N)
03/04/2020VOTE: Adoption (50-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB183H1
03/04/2020Passed House with substitute (51-Y 46-N)
03/04/2020VOTE: Passage (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020House insisted on substitute
03/05/2020House requested conference committee
03/05/2020Senate acceded to request (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Locke, Bell, Reeves
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: McQuinn, Helmer, Walker
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109795D-S3
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 44-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB183ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
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 1100 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1100)