Historical Statues in the United States Capitol, Commission for; removal of Robert E. Lee statue. (SB612)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol; replacement of Robert E. Lee statue in National Statuary Hall Collection. Creates the Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol to determine whether the Robert E. Lee statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol should be replaced and, if so, to recommend to the General Assembly as a replacement a statue of a prominent Virginia citizen of historic renown or renowned for distinguished civil or military service to be commemorated in the National Statuary Hall Collection. The Commission will consist of eight members appointed as follows: one member of the House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; one member of the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; two nonlegislative citizen members who are Virginia or American historians appointed by the Governor; three nonlegislative citizen members appointed upon the vote of the Commission members appointed by the Speaker, the Senate Committee on Rules, and the Governor; and the Director of the Department of Historic Resources, who serves ex officio with nonvoting privileges. The Department of Historic Resources will provide staff support to the Commission. The Commission will also be required to (i) select a sculptor for the new statue, with preference given to a sculptor from Virginia; (ii) estimate the costs associated with the replacement of the Robert E. Lee statue, including costs related to construction and placement of the new statue, for the removal and transfer of the Robert E. Lee statue, and for any unveiling ceremony of the new statue; and (iii) recommend to the General Assembly a suitable state, local, or private nonprofit history museum in the Commonwealth for placement of the Robert E. Lee statue. The bill requires the Commission to hold at least one public hearing prior to making any recommendation to the General Assembly on a new statue and requires the costs of the Commission's work to be borne by the Commission from such private funds as are collected by the Commission and general funds as are appropriated by the General Assembly. This bill is identical to HB 1406. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103897D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
01/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB612)
01/31/2020Reported from Rules with amendments (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Passed by for the day
02/05/2020Floor substitute printed 20107688D-S1 (Lucas)
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee amendments rejected
02/05/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2020Passed by for the day
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Substitute by Senator Lucas agreed to 20107688D-S1
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB612S1
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB612S1)
02/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
02/19/2020Reported from Rules with substitute (12-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108588D-H1
02/21/2020Read second time
02/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB612H1)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108588D-H1
02/24/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB612H1
02/24/2020Passed House with substitute (55-Y 44-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020House insisted on substitute
02/27/2020House requested conference committee
03/02/2020Senate acceded to request (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/02/2020Senators: Lucas, Favola, Petersen
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/03/2020Delegates: Ward, Bagby, Fariss
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 44-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB612ER)
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
03/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB612ER)
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1098 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1098)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1406.