High-speed broadband service; expanding to new residential and commercial development. (SB446)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Broadband service; new residential and commercial development; stakeholder advisory group. Provides that the Department of Housing and Community Development shall convene a stakeholder advisory group for the purpose of evaluating local and state policies, procedures, or ordinances to facilitate the expansion of high-speed broadband service and associated infrastructure in new residential and commercial development. The stakeholder advisory group shall be composed of representatives from the commercial and residential land development and construction industry, local government, high-speed broadband providers, and other stakeholders as determined by the Department and shall report its findings and recommendations to the Broadband Advisory Council no later than September 30, 2022. This bill is identical to HB 445. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102502D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2022Rereferred from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2022Rereferred to Local Government
02/07/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Local Government with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22105253D-S1
02/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB446S1)
02/08/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Read second time
02/09/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105253D-S1
02/09/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB446S1
02/10/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/25/2022Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Read second time
03/02/2022Read third time
03/02/2022Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/02/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB446ER)
03/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB446ER)
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/08/2022Signed 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 593 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0593)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB445.