HB 2006 Va. Fair Housing Law; responsibilities with respect to use of an assistance animal in a dwelling.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)

Virginia Fair Housing Law; rights and responsibilities with respect to the use of an assistance animal in a dwelling. Sets out the rights and responsibilities under the Virginia Fair Housing Law (§ 36-96.1 et seq.) with respect to maintaining an assistance animal in a dwelling. The bill establishes a process through which a person with a disability may submit a request for a reasonable accommodation to maintain an assistance animal in a dwelling, including any supporting documentation verifying the disability and disability-related need for an accommodation. Under the bill, a request for reasonable accommodation to maintain an assistance animal may be denied for any one of the following reasons: (i) the requester does not have a disability; (ii) the requester does not have a disability-related need for an assistance animal; (iii) the accommodation imposes an undue financial and administrative burden on the person receiving the request; or (iv) the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the operations of the person receiving the request. The bill provides that whenever a request for a reasonable accommodation to maintain an assistance animal in a dwelling is denied for reasons other than that the requester does not have a disability or a disability-related need for an assistance animal, an interactive process shall be initiated to determine if there is an alternative accommodation that would effectively address the disability-related need. The bill also defines "assistance animal," "major life activities," "therapeutic relationship," and "physical or mental impairment." The bill provides that if any provision of its provisions is determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be not substantially equivalent or otherwise inconsistent with the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq., as amended, such provision shall not be enforceable. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. This bill is identical to SB 1228.

Full text:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103597D  pdf | impact statement
02/13/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17105420D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/24/17  House: Conference substitute printed 17105862D-H1  pdf | impact statement
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2006ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/24/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0729)  pdf

Amendments:
Conference amendments

Status:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103597D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/17  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
01/17/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/19/17  House: Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)
01/23/17  House: Read first time
01/24/17  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/17  House: Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
01/25/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/13/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17105420D-S1
02/13/17  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/15/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Read third time
02/16/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/16/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17105420D-S1
02/16/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2006S1
02/16/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/20/17  House: Senate substitute rejected by House 17105420D-S1 (3-Y 91-N)
02/20/17  House: VOTE: REJECTED (3-Y 91-N)
02/21/17  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/17  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/22/17  House: House acceded to request
02/23/17  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/23/17  House: Delegates: Carr, Peace, Helsel
02/23/17  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/17  Senate: Senators: Barker, Suetterlein, Sturtevant
02/24/17  House: Conference substitute printed 17105862D-H1
02/24/17  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17  House: Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
02/24/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N)
03/07/17  House: Enrolled
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2006ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 729 (effective 7/1/17)
03/24/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0729)