Veterans; eligibility for status under state and local laws. (SB321)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Veterans Services; eligibility for veteran status under state and local laws; change in treatment of certain discharges. Provides that any person who was separated from active military, naval, or air service with an other than honorable discharge due solely to such person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression may petition the Department of Veterans Services to have such discharge recorded with the Department as honorable. The bill provides that persons whose discharge status is changed pursuant to such petition shall be afforded the same rights, privileges, and benefits authorized by state law and local ordinances as any other veteran who was honorably discharged. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104030D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/10/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB321E
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Printed as engrossed 20104030D-E
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB321E)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/14/2020Assigned GL sub: Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
02/20/2020Reported from General Laws (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/2020Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/24/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/28/2020Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Read second time
03/04/2020Read third time
03/04/2020Passed House (79-Y 17-N)
03/04/2020VOTE: Passage (79-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB321ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/08/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB321ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1172 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1172)