Hate crimes and discrimination; ethnic animosity, penalties. (SB7)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patron Sen. Danny Diggs (R-Yorktown)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hate crimes and discrimination; ethnic animosity; penalties. Provides that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to safeguard all individuals within the Commonwealth from unlawful discrimination in employment and in places of public accommodation because of such individual's ethnic origin and prohibits such discrimination. The bill also adds victims who are intentionally selected because of their ethnic origin to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another's property results in a higher criminal penalty for the offense. The bill also provides that no provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet shall be liable for any action voluntarily taken by it in good faith to restrict access to material that the provider or user considers to be intended to incite hatred on the basis of ethnic origin. This bill incorporates SB 120 and is identical to HB 18. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/20/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
11/20/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100086D
11/20/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/22/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB7)
01/10/2024Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB7)
01/24/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2024Committee substitute printed 24106213D-S1
01/24/2024Incorporates SB120 (Subramanyam)
01/24/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/29/2024Impact statement from VCSC (SB7S1)
02/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB7S1)
02/06/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Read second time
02/08/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106213D-S1
02/08/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB7S1
02/09/2024Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2024Placed on Calendar
02/15/2024Read first time
02/15/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2024Read second time
02/21/2024Read third time
02/21/2024Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/21/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB7ER)
02/26/2024Signed by Speaker
02/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB7ER)
02/28/2024Signed 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
04/02/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 334 (effective 7/1/24)
04/02/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0334)

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