Virginia Fair Housing Law; use of assistance animal in a dwelling, penalties. (HB586)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Fair Housing Law; use of assistance animal in a dwelling; penalties. Makes it a Class 4 misdemeanor, with respect to the Virginia Fair Housing Law, for a person to knowingly and willfully misrepresent himself as needing an assistance animal. The bill provides an exception for any person, federal or state agency, or private organization participating in fair housing testing, defined in the bill, for the purpose of investigating allegations of housing discrimination. The bill also prohibits any person from providing supporting documentation in an attempt to verify the existence of a disability or disability-related need for a person seeking a reasonable accommodation in a dwelling if he does not have a therapeutic relationship with the person requesting the reasonable accommodation and provides that a violation of this provision constitutes a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102323D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/21/2022Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/27/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB586)
02/03/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22105939D-H1
02/07/2022Read first time
02/08/2022Read second time
02/08/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105939D-H1
02/08/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB586H1
02/09/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB586H1)
02/23/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB586H1)
03/02/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/02/2022Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)

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