Family cemeteries; interment rights, proof of kinship. (SB281)

Introduced By

Sen. Danica Roem (D-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Family cemeteries; interment rights; proof of kinship. Allows a family member or descendant, as defined in the bill, of a deceased person buried in a family cemetery, also defined in the bill, that is located on private property to petition the circuit court of the county or city where the property is located for interment rights upon such property. The bill provides that such family member or descendant may prove kinship to the court through official documentation or nonofficial documentation, such as obituaries, family Bibles or other documents with family signatures, journals or letters of the deceased person interred on the private property, family photographs, or other documentation deemed by the court to be reliable. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104351D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/24/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2024Read second time
01/29/2024Reading of amendment waived
01/29/2024Committee amendment agreed to
01/29/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended SB281E
01/29/2024Printed as engrossed 24104351D-E
01/30/2024Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/21/2024Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/21/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/21/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
02/22/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/27/2024Reported from General Laws (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Read second time
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Passed House (65-Y 31-N)
03/01/2024VOTE: Passage (65-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB281ER)
03/06/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 767 (effective 7/1/24)

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