Bill Summary

Eviction Diversion Pilot Program. Establishes the Eviction Diversion Pilot Program (the Program), consisting of specialized dockets within the existing structure of the general district courts for the cities of Danville, Hampton, Petersburg, and Richmond. The Program is established as a pilot program that has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2020, and that expires on July 1, 2023. The purpose of the Program is to reduce the number of evictions of low-income persons. Parties to an unlawful detainer action in participating jurisdictions will be directed to participate in the Pilot Program upon certain findings by the court. The Virginia Housing Commission (the Commission) shall request data from the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia for the evaluation of the Program’s effectiveness and potential benefits and costs. The bill tasks the Commission with making recommendations for legislative action to the General Assembly, the Chairmen of the Senate Committees on Finance, General Laws and Technology, and Courts of Justice, and the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations, Finance, General Laws, and Courts of Justice prior to the 2023 Session. This bill is identical to SB 1450.

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Became Law


Date Action Vote Document
2019-01-31House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N)Yea: 21 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2019-02-05House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)Yea: 99 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2019-02-11Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)Yea: 14 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2019-02-13Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)Yea: 39 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2019-02-14Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2019-03-12Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0355)
2019-03-12Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 355 (effective - see bill)
2019-02-21Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
2019-02-21Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 21, 2019
2019-02-20Signed by President
2019-02-19Signed by Speaker
2019-02-19Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2655ER)
2019-02-14Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
2019-02-14Read third time
2019-02-13Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2019-02-11Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)
2019-02-06Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2019-02-06Constitutional reading dispensed
2019-02-05VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
2019-02-05Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
2019-02-04Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2655H1
2019-02-04Committee substitute agreed to 19106239D-H1
2019-02-04Read second time
2019-02-03Read first time
2019-01-31Committee substitute printed 19106239D-H1
2019-01-31Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
2019-01-11Referred to Committee on General Laws
2019-01-11Presented and ordered printed 19104077D


Name District
Christopher CollinsHD-029
Lashrecse AirdHD-063
Betsy CarrHD-069
Kathleen MurphyHD-034