Monument and memorials; relocation. (HB778)

Introduced By

Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart) with support from co-patron Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Relocation of monument and memorials. Requires a locality that votes to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover certain war monuments or memorials to initiate a process to gift the monument or memorial to a nonprofit organization that is most related to the mission and spirit of the monument or memorial, at the locality's expense. The bill provides that the placement of the monument or memorial shall be decided by an independent committee and that a majority vote by the committee as to the relocation of the memorial is binding on the locality and shall be carried out within six months from the date of the committee's decision. Read the Bill »


01/28/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102285D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/24/2022Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB778CHP)
01/28/2022Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB778)
01/28/2022Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
02/04/2022Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2023
02/11/2022Continued to 2023 in Counties, Cities and Towns


Volpe Boykin writes:

The current version of the Bill is confusing and is being interpreted different ways. Localities should make the decision on if monuments should be kept or not, but the current provision that allows an advisory non binding referendum should be changed to make it a required binding voter referendum. Those that want the people to decide should support this, but do not. This is because in every advisory referendum ( I believe 8 in two elections) the vote has been to keep the monument. That includes heavily African American majority Charles City County. The press did not cover this because it does not fit their agenda.

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