War memorials for veterans; removal, relocation, cover, 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, cover, or alter any monument or memorial for war veterans located in its public space, except in a publicly owned cemetery, regardless of when erected and removes certain criminal and civil penalties for such removal, relocation, or alteration. 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. The bill requires that such locality initiate such process by passing a resolution stating its intention and (i) formally request the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (Department) to prepare a report that, at a minimum, sets forth the background of the person or people depicted on the monument or memorial, the circumstances surrounding the establishment of the monument or memorial, and whether the monument or memorial qualifies for placement on the Virginia Landmarks Register or the National Register of Historic Places; (ii) no sooner than 30 days after publication of the report on its website, hold a public hearing to solicit comments; (iii) no sooner than 10 days after completion of the public hearing, vote whether to remove, relocate, contextualize, cover, or alter the monument or memorial; such motion requires an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members elected to the governing body for passage. The bill authorizes the local governing body to call for an advisory referendum prior to voting on such motion; and (iv) 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 bill provides that the local governing body shall have sole authority to determine the final disposition of the monument or memorial.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. Read the Bill »


02/18/2020: In Committee


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

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