Bristol, City of; amending charter, changes to powers and organization. (HB2095)

Introduced By

Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Charter; City of Bristol; powers and organization. Makes changes to various provisions of the charter for the City of Bristol, including: (i) removing the city's authority to adopt ordinances to provide for the prevention of immorality and for the suppression of gambling places and to authorize the appointment of law-enforcement officers in exchange with the City of Bristol, Tennessee; (ii) changing from city council to the city attorney the authority to appoint assistant city attorneys; (iii) removing the requirement that a citizen own real property to serve on the planning commission; (iv) aligning the requirements for appropriations outside of the appropriations ordinance with provisions of the Code of Virginia; (v) authorizing the city council to re-appropriate unexpended funds at the end of the fiscal year, regardless of whether obligated to an ongoing project; and (vi) authorizing the city attorney to make investigations into city affairs and removing such authority from other officers of boards and commissions. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101065D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/19/2021Assigned CC & T sub: Charters
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/22/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/27/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Assigned Local Gov sub: Charters
02/15/2021Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2095ER)
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
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 417 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0417)