Active military or a military spouse; prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, etc. (HB2161)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from 22 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Candi King (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Bill Wiley (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Active military or a military spouse; prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, etc. Prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, employment, and housing on the basis of a person's military status, defined as a member of the uniformed services of the United States or a reserve component thereof or a spouse or other dependent of the same. The bill also prohibits terms in a rental agreement in which the tenant agrees to waive remedies or rights under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act prior to the occurrence of a dispute between the landlord and the tenant. This bill is identical to SB 1410. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102352D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2161)
01/27/2021Assigned GL sub: Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process
01/28/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2021Reported from General Laws with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103874D-H1
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Floor substitute printed 21104006D-H2 (Tran)
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute rejected 21103874D-H1
02/02/2021Substitute by Delegate Tran agreed to 21104006D-H2
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB2161H2
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
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 (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2161H2)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2161ER)
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2161ER)
02/19/2021Signed by Speaker
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 24, 2021
02/24/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 477 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0477)