Norfolk, City of; amending charter, general updates. (SB1128)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Charter; City of Norfolk; general updates. Changes from a judge or justice of the peace to the city clerk the person to whom newly elected or appointed officials, other than members of the city council, take their oaths of office. The bill also repeals a section related to the establishment of a home guard militia in times of war or insurrection, and it removes references to payment of poll taxes in relation to whether a signature is valid on a petition for the nomination of councilmen or in connection with an initiative, referendum, or recall. Read the Bill »


03/25/2021: signed by governor


12/30/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100796D
12/30/2020Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/15/2021Assigned Local Gov sub: Charters
01/18/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/18/2021Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/18/2021Committee substitute printed 21102553D-S1
01/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2021Read second time
01/20/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/20/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21102553D-S1
01/20/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1128S1
01/21/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Counties, Cities and Towns
02/10/2021Assigned CC & T sub: Charters
02/11/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/12/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1128ER)
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
03/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 371 (effective 7/1/21)
03/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0371)