Religious freedom; applicability of certain executive orders. (HB2171)

Introduced By

Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart) with support from co-patron Del. Ellen Campbell (R-Rockbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency Services and Disaster Law; religious freedom; 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 shall impose restrictions on the operation of a place of worship that are more restrictive than the restrictions imposed on any other business, organization, or activity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101594D
01/11/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2023Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/28/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB2171)
01/30/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/03/2023Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2023Read first time
02/06/2023Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2023Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/07/2023VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2023Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/20/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/20/2023Reported from Judiciary with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2023Committee substitute printed 23107179D-S1
02/21/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Read third time
02/22/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23107179D-S1
02/22/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2171S1
02/22/2023Passed Senate with substitute (35-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB2171S1)
02/23/2023Senate substitute agreed to by House 23107179D-S1 (53-Y 43-N)
02/23/2023VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2023Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2171ER)
03/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB2171ER)
03/08/2023Signed by Speaker
03/08/2023Signed by President
03/13/2023Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 13, 2023
03/13/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/26/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 603 (effective 7/1/23)
03/26/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0603)