Local elections for governing bodies; elections for school boards, qualification of voters. (HB2198)

Introduced By

Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), and Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local elections for governing bodies; elections for school boards; qualification of voters. Provides that in a locality that imposes district-based or ward-based residency requirements for members of the governing body or school board, the member elected from each district or ward is to be elected by the qualified voters of that district or ward and not by the locality at large. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102650D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2021Assigned P & E sub: Voting Rights
01/20/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2198)
01/27/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Committee substitute printed 21103129D-H1
01/27/2021Substitute bill reprinted 21103129D-H1
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103129D-H1
01/29/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2198H1
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2198H1)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 6-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed by for the day
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed by for the day
02/23/2021Read third time
02/23/2021Passed by temporarily
02/23/2021Passed by for the day
02/24/2021Passed by temporarily
02/24/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/24/2021Floor substitute printed 21200645D-S1 (DeSteph)
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2021Substitute by Senator DeSteph rejected 21200645D-S1 (18-Y 20-N)
02/24/2021Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2198S1)
02/26/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2198ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
02/27/2021Signed by President
03/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2198ER)
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 20201
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 225 (effective 1/1/22)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0225)