Affordable housing; creates framework for localities to preserve housing. (HB1398)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), and Del. Irene Shin (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Preservation of affordable housing; definitions; civil penalty. Creates a framework for localities to preserve affordable housing by exercising a right of first refusal on publicly supported housing, defined in the bill. The bill authorizes localities to implement an ordinance that requires an owner to accept a right of first refusal offer by the locality or qualified designee, defined in the bill, in order to preserve affordable housing for a period of not less than 15 years. The bill requires that any locality adopting such an ordinance to preserve affordable housing submit an annual report to the Department of Housing and Community Development by December 31. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/17/2024Presented and ordered printed 24104809D
01/17/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/26/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/29/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1398)
01/30/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
02/06/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (11-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Committee substitute printed 24106512D-H1
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1398H1)
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106512D-H1
02/09/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1398H1
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House (54-Y 46-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/28/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1398ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1398ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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