Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)

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38: Bland County (All), Buchanan County (All), Dickenson County (All), Russell County (All), Tazewell County (All), Smyth County (Part), Wise County (Part), Pulaski County (All), Norton City (All), Radford City (All), Montgomery County (Part) [map]
Took Office
September 2014
Left Office
January 2021
Copatroning Habits
77% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 79% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 56% of them are Republicans.
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From the Legislator’s Website

These are all of the video clips of Ben Chafin’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2014. There are 27 video clips in all.


  • SB234: Human Resource Management, Department of; health insurance for local school board employees.
  • SB253: Deeds of trust; fiduciary duties.
  • SB233: Insurance agents; licensing and registration renewal.
  • SB234: Human Resource Management, Department of; health insurance for local school board employees.
  • SB244: Bluefield, Town of; amending charter, relating to town council, mayor, and town powers.
  • SB253: Deeds of trust; fiduciary duties.
  • SB261: Accounts filed by fiduciaries and reports filed by guardians; civil penalty.
  • SB262: Hunting elk; special license created.
  • SB293: Financial institutions; multiple-fiduciary accounts.
  • SB329: Disposal of solid waste fees; Russell County.
  • SB478: Clinch River; designating segment in Tazewell County as part of the Clinch State Scenic River.
  • SB774: Big game hunting; guaranteed kills prohibited, penalty.
  • SB1003: Computer crimes; penalty.
  • SB1034: Behavioral assessments and interventions; Department of Education to review certain guidelines.
  • SB5102: Income tax, state; credit for landlords for rent forgone due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SB5103: Parole; eligibility, persons convicted of murder, etc.
  • SB5108: Concealed handgun permit; local control of firearms.
  • SB5109: Nursing home/assisted living facility employees/residents; priority for testing for COVID-19 virus.
  • SJ84: Commending H.A. Street.
  • SJ147: Commending the Appalachian School of Law.
  • SR54: Commending Greg Mance.
  • SR513: Celebrating the life of Jimmy C. Hill.
  • SB380: Personal injury; loss of consortium claims by certain relatives.
  • SB857: Public Rights-of-Way Use; fees used for high-speed Internet access in underserved areas.
  • SB879: Intangible personal property; personal property used in manufacturing.
  • SB1165: Gas severance tax, local; extends sunset provision.
  • SB1166: Clerks of court; collection of DNA sample for certain offenses, disclosure of tax information.
  • SB1167: Medicaid recipients; treatment involving opioids or opioid replacements, payment.
  • SB1186: Financial institution; payment or delivery of small asset by affidavit, check, etc.
  • SB1211: Income tax, state; conformity; standard deduction.
  • SB1221: Telemedicine services; payment and coverage of services.
  • SB1222: Insurance licensing, biennial; renewal for individuals and business entities, etc.
  • SB1224: Protective services; adult abuse and exploitation, multidisciplinary teams.
  • SB1268: Gas or oil drilling units; escrowed proceeds, Coalfield Region Elderly Assistance Fund.
  • SB1274: Forensic Science, Department of; purchase of forensic laboratory services.
  • SB1293: Uninsured motorist insurance coverage; settlement and release.
  • SB1325: Guaranteed asset protection waivers; establishes requirements for offering waivers, etc.
  • SB1469: Timber theft; accounting, penalty.
  • SB1491: Conflict of Interests Act, State and Local Government; school boards and school employees, etc.
  • SB1492: FOIA; exclusions, proprietary records and trade secrets.
  • SB1495: Virginia Rural Information Technology Apprenticeship Grant Fund and Program; established.
  • SB1529: Central Criminal Records Exchange; reports, adds additional offenses to list.
  • SB1649: Carnal knowledge; bail bondsmen, penalty.
  • SB1658: Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Fund; investments in Va. Venture Capital Accts.
  • SB1697: Income tax, corporate; subtraction for amount of business interest.
  • SB1698: Income tax, corporate; subtraction for amount of Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income.
  • SB1707: Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority; created, sunset provision.
  • SB1747: Insurance agents; continuing education requirements.
  • SJ342: Commending the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens.
  • SJ343: Commending the New River Valley Regional Commission.
  • SJ447: Celebrating the life of Robert Ewing Litton II.
  • SR88: Commending the Town of Lebanon.
  • SB371: Parks, local; waterway activities, liability.
  • SB372: Place of religious worship; carrying dangerous weapon.
  • SB374: Cattle Industry Board; assessment from sale of cattle.
  • SB375: Hunting with the assistance of dogs; hunting or killing raccoons on Sunday.
  • SB376: Income tax, state; modifying restrictions related to entities.
  • SB378: Coalfield employment enhancement tax credit; metallurgical coal mined by underground methods.
  • SB379: General registrar; all county and city offices open five days a week.
  • SB380: Personal injury; loss of consortium claims by certain relatives.
  • SB381: School buses; passing while stopped, injury to another person, penalty.
  • SB382: Alcoholic beverage control; delivery of wine or beer to retail licensee, wholesaler requirement.
  • SB383: Tourism Development Authority; reorganizes Authority.
  • SB387: Corporations; annual reports.
  • SB388: Virginia Life, Accident and Sickness Insurance Guaranty Association; board of directors.
  • SB389: Substance-exposed infants; plan for services, report.
  • SB422: Foreclosure; notice of sale when owner is deceased.
  • SB448: Abandoned schools; creation of revitalization zones.
  • SB449: Newborn screening; screening for Pompe disease, etc.
  • SB774: Partition; election to purchase.
  • SB776: Computer crimes; adds various crimes for which attorneys may issue administrative subpoenas.
  • SB780: Hydroelectric plant; revenue sharing agreement among certain localities.
  • SB834: Voter registration list maintenance; voters identified as registered in multiple states.
  • SB857: Public Rights-of-Way Use; fees used for high-speed Internet access in underserved areas.
  • SB859: Airbow hunting; authorized to hunt deer & small game when hunter is licensed to hunt w/bow & arrow.
  • SB879: Intangible personal property; personal property used in manufacturing.
  • SB922: Electric utilities; rates and tariffs.
  • SB974: Action without a meeting; articles of incorporation of a public corporation.
  • SB979: Appraisal management companies; clarifies definition, state-licensed appraisers.
  • SB996: Animal shelters; administration of Schedule VI biological products.
  • SJ127: Commending the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority.
  • SJ128: Commending the Wellmore Coal Company Mine Rescue Red Team.
  • SJ129: Celebrating the life of Harry Taft Rutherford, Jr.
  • SJ180: Commending the CGI Southwest Virginia Technology Center of Excellence.
  • SJ181: Commending Mountain Movers.
  • SJ182: Celebrating the life of James Howell Hardy III.
  • SJ183: Commending Timothy L. Taylor.
  • SB365: Prioritization of statewide transportation projects; exceptions.
  • SB886: Gas severance tax.
  • SB887: Prioritization of statewide transportation projects; exceptions.
  • SB888: Civil immunity; emergency services and communications.
  • SB889: Concealed handgun permit fees; exemptions; retired probation and parole officers.
  • SB890: Ignition interlock; time for installation.
  • SB891: Perpetual care trust funds; method of distribution.
  • SB944: Institutions of higher education; possession and administration of epinephrine.
  • SB968: Hunting license; bear, deer, or turkey; electronic carry.
  • SB969: Legislative drafting requests.
  • SB1106: Made in Appalachia Initiative; refundable tax credits.
  • SB1175: Workers' compensation; employer's lien, third party actions.
  • SB1176: Nonexoneration of debts on property of decedent; notice to creditor and beneficiaries.
  • SB1177: Surviving spouse's elective share; homestead allowance benefit.
  • SB1178: Buprenorphine without naloxone; prescription limitation.
  • SB1179: Opioids; workgroup to establish guidelines for prescribing.
  • SB1180: Opioids and buprenorphine; Boards of Dentistry and Medicine to adopt regulations for prescribing.
  • SB1217: Negotiable instruments; statute of limitations.
  • SB1233: Temporary detention; certified evaluators.
  • SB1237: Housing authorities; authorization by governing body of town.
  • SB1257: Two-way video testimony; forensic analysis and examination.
  • SB1265: General Services, Department of; maintenance of property records.
  • SB1289: Natural gas utilities; qualified projects, investments in eligible infrastructure.
  • SB1290: Prisoners; orders permitting to work on public works projects.
  • SB1291: Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets.
  • SB1292: FOIA; trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.
  • SB1418: Electric utilities; costs of pumped hydroelectricity generation and storage facilities.
  • SB1444: Restricted firearm ammunition; use or attempted use in the commission of a crime, penalty.
  • SB1446: Insurance agent licensing; motor vehicle rental contract enrollers, etc.
  • SB1469: Alcoholic beverage control; disposable containers.
  • SB1470: Coal tax; limits aggregate amount of credits that may be allocated or claimed for employment, etc.
  • SB1489: Workers' compensation; presumption that death or disease due to coal pneumoconiosis.
  • SJ432: Commending the Virginia Department of Forestry.
  • SR106: Commending the Graham High School competition cheer team.
  • SR107: Commending Tom Harding.
  • SR108: Celebrating the life of Ralph Edmond Stanley.
  • SR119: Commending the Lebanon High School softball team.
  • SR131: Commending the Virginia Department of Forestry.
  • SB21: Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval.
  • SB181: Augmented estate; elective share of surviving spouse.
  • SB182: Local gas road improvement & Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority tax; use of revenues.
  • SB268: Animal disease violations; criminal and civil penalties.
  • SB269: Social Services, State Board of; amends requirements governing composition of membership.
  • SB362: Virginia Public Procurement Act; small purchase procedures; transportation-related construction.
  • SB364: Health insurance plan; Department of Human Resource Management to consider all participants.
  • SB365: Prioritization of statewide transportation projects; exceptions.
  • SB366: Real property tax; exemption for disabled veterans and spouse of a service member killed in action.
  • SB374: Financial institutions; references to federal law.
  • SB674: Tazewell, Town of, charter; filling vacancies for mayor or town council, etc.
  • SB675: Health insurance for local employees.
  • SB691: Industrial hemp; lawful for a person with a license to manufacture products or engage in research.
  • SB706: FOIA; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.
  • SB707: Failure to appear; service of process.
  • SB718: Coal tax; limits aggregate amount of credits.
  • SJ83: Medicaid fraud cases; DMAS, et al., to study conferral of authority to local departments.
  • SJ108: Commending Harry Taft Rutherford, Jr.
  • SJ135: Commending the Town of Tazewell.
  • SJ175: Celebrating the life of Lydia Marie Kiser.
  • SJ209: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Thomas Jack Bondurant, Sr.
  • SB858: Breaks Interstate Park; employees being commissioned as conservation officers.
  • SB859: Open-end lending by banks, savings institutions, etc.; determining grace period.
  • SB860: Creditor; satisfaction of judgment required to be noted.
  • SB861: Nurse practitioners.
  • SB862: Medical malpractice proceedings; health care providers, expert testimony.
  • SB863: Virginia Public Procurement Act; small purchase procedure for construction.
  • SB864: Cemeteries; access when located on private property.
  • SB865: Intestate estate; administration by person convicted of fraud, misrepresentation, robbery, etc.
  • SB866: Health insurance; school board allowed to elect to have employees & retirees to receive state plan.
  • SB867: Battery against certain local social services workers; penalty.
  • SB868: Water or sewer systems; delinquent payment of rates and charges.
  • SB1240: Transient occupancy tax; Bland & Russell Counties added to list of counties authorized to impose.
  • SB1308: Gas severance tax; extends sunset provision to December 31, 2018.
  • SB1334: Electric utilities; cost recovery.
  • SB1348: Motorcycles, off-road, and all-terrain vehicles; fees collected by DMV to be deposited in a fund.
  • SB1366: Coal mine safety; wide tracking and electric equipment shall maintain safe operating conditions.
  • SB1367: Trails; allocation of federal funds for establishment and maintenance.
  • SB1452: Creation of the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.
  • SJ254: Clean Water Act; opposition.
  • SJ294: Carbon dioxide emissions; regulation of existing power plants, withdrawal of federal guidelines.
  • SJ317: NASA's Wallops Flight Facility; environmental impact statement.
  • SR57: Commending Haysi High School football team.
  • SR58: Commending Honaker High School football team.
  • SR59: Commending Castlewood High School.
  • SR60: Commending John I. Burton High School.
  • SR61: Commending Eastside High School.
  • SR67: Commending Jill Branham.
  • SR68: Commending the Richlands High School football team.
  • SR83: Celebrating the life of Robert Barns Brittain.
  • HB358: Banks; interstate branching.
  • HB359: Jurisdiction; custody and visitation arrangements for minor children, definitions.
  • HB360: General receivers; reimbursement of expenses incurred for direct out-of-pocket expenses.
  • HB385: Misdemeanors, certain; expungement of police and court records.
  • HB393: Judgment; payment required to be noted by creditor, penalty.
  • HB394: Suit for personal injury; report from health care provider licensed outside of Commonwealth.
  • HB956: Elections; filings by candidates and political parties.
  • HB1014: Coal mine safety; reciprocal agreements with other states.
  • HB1163: Trails; allocation of federal funds for establishment and maintenance.
  • HB1164: Speed limits; increases speed limit on Route 23 and Route 58.
  • HB1261: Carbon dioxide; regulating emissions.
  • HJ430: Commending the Honorable Joseph Pickett Johnson, Jr.
  • HJ5140: Celebrating the life of Ralph Cummins.
  • HR92: Commending Castlewood High School.