Religious freedom; applicability of certain executive orders. (HB775)

Introduced By

Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart) with support from co-patron Del. Jason Ballard (R-Pearisburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Religious freedom; applicability of certain executive orders. Provides that no rule, regulation, or order issued by the Governor or other governmental entity pursuant to the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000 applies to the exercise of religion in a church, synagogue, or other place of worship. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103079D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB775)
02/03/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #4
02/04/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2022Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Read first time
02/10/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (50-Y 48-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (50-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/11/2022Passed House (51-Y 46-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage #2 (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
03/07/2022Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (7-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


Dee Martworthy writes:

No one is trying to stop you from going to church, unless there’s a public health emergency. As the child of a parent who caught Covid at choir practice, I believe even churches must sometimes be compelled to protect their flocks, if they won’t do it voluntarily.