Human rights; religious organizations, promotion of religious principles. (HB753)

Introduced By

Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham) with support from co-patron Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Human rights; religious organizations; promotion of religious principles. Provides that nothing in the Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits a religious corporation, association, or society, or any nonprofit institution or organization operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a religious organization, association, or society, from taking any action to promote the religious principles for which it is established or maintained. The bill adds preschools to the list of educational institutions that are exempt from discriminatory hiring practices with respect to the hiring and employment of employees of a particular religion when such institutions are owned, supported, controlled, or managed by a particular religion or religious corporation, association, or society. The bill clarifies that the term "religion" includes all aspects of religious observance and practice as well as belief for the purposes of the exemption from discrimination in employment of individuals employed to perform work associated with the activities of a particular religion by a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101494D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/20/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB753)
01/21/2022Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/10/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/10/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Committee substitute printed 22106518D-H1
02/13/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106518D-H1
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB753H1
02/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB753H1)
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/23/2022Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)

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