Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (HB2046)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from 23 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. Prohibits any locality, its employees, or its appointed commissions from discriminating (i) in the application of local land use ordinances or guidelines, or in the permitting of housing developments, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, source of funds, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, or disability; (ii) in the permitting of housing developments because the housing development contains or is expected to contain affordable housing units occupied or intended for occupancy by families or individuals with incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income of the area where the housing development is located or is proposed to be located; or (iii) by prohibiting or imposing conditions upon the rental or sale of dwelling units, provided that the provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prohibit ordinances related to short-term rentals. The bill provides that it shall not be a violation of the Virginia Fair Housing Law if land use decisions or decisions relating to the permitting of housing developments are based upon considerations of limiting high concentrations of affordable housing. The bill also requires the Fair Housing Board, after determining the existence of an unlawful discriminatory housing practice and after consultation with the Attorney General, to immediately refer the matter to the Attorney General for civil action. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101269D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2021Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2046)
01/21/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
01/26/2021Reported from General Laws with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103489D-H1
01/27/2021Read first time
01/28/2021Read second time
01/28/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103489D-H1
01/28/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2046H1
01/29/2021Read third time and passed House (77-Y 22-N)
01/29/2021VOTE: Passage (77-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2046H1)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/15/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2021Passed Senate with amendment (27-Y 11-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Placed on Calendar
02/17/2021Senate amendment agreed to by House (72-Y 27-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption (72-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2046ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2046ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 267 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0267)