Historical African American cemeteries and graves; qualified organization, eligibility for funding. (HB727)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Historical African American cemeteries; disbursement of funds; qualified organization. Expands the definition of a qualified organization that may receive funds for maintenance of a historical African American cemetery to include any locality whose purpose for applying for funding from the Department of Historic Resources is to maintain a neglected historical African American cemetery, or a portion thereof, that is located within its jurisdictional bounds. The bill also creates an exemption by allowing localities that are eligible for funding for the maintenance and care of historical African American cemeteries to apply to the Director of the Department for a grant to perform extraordinary maintenance, renovation, repair, or reconstruction on any such cemeteries and graves without first having received initial funding for the maintenance and care of those cemeteries and graves. Current law requires a qualified organization to apply for any such grant only after it has received initial funding for the maintenance and care of a historical African American cemetery. This bill is identical to SB 23. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102360D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/19/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB727)
01/24/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2022Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/23/2022Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB727ER)
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB727ER)
03/03/2022Signed by Speaker
03/04/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 541 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0541)