Historical African American cemeteries and graves; qualified organization, eligibility for funding. (SB23)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


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 incorporates SB 76 and is identical to HB 727. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/22/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101377D
12/22/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB23)
02/02/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Committee substitute printed 22105857D-S1
02/02/2022Incorporates SB76 (Norment)
02/04/2022Rules suspended (0-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB23S1)
02/07/2022Read second time
02/07/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105857D-S1
02/07/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB23S1
02/08/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/22/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/23/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
03/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Read second time
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB23ER)
03/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB23ER)
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 540 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0540)

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