New Americans, Office of; created within Department of Social Services. (SB991)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian) with support from co-patrons Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Social Services; Office of New Americans created. Establishes the Office of New Americans within the Department of Social Services and the Office of New Americans Advisory Board to assist with immigrant integration within the Commonwealth on an economic, social, and cultural level. The Office shall provide (i) advice and assistance regarding the citizenship application process; (ii) assistance with securing employment, housing, and services for which such persons may be eligible; (iii) information to localities and immigration service organizations about state programs that help such persons find and secure employment, housing, and services for which they may be eligible; and (iv) information to localities and immigration service organizations regarding health epidemics and unlawful predatory actions, such as human trafficking, gang recruitment, and fraudulent financial and other schemes, to which communities of such persons may be especially vulnerable. The Advisory Board shall report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on the activities of the Office of New Americans and provide recommendations for improving state policies and programs to support the economic, linguistic, and civic integration of new Americans throughout the Commonwealth. This bill is identical to HB 1209. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105427D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB991)
01/31/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (9-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20107299D-S1
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB991S1)
02/04/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107299D-S1
02/06/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/06/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/06/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB991ES1
02/06/2020Printed as engrossed 20107299D-ES1
02/07/2020Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB991ES1)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/18/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Read second time
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/21/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/21/2020Passed House with amendment (55-Y 40-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020House amendment agreed to by Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB991ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB991ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
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
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1079 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1079)