SB 1228 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 HB 2006.

Full text:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103819D  pdf | impact statement
02/03/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104922D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/16/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17105525D-H1  pdf | impact statement
02/24/17  Senate: Conference substitute printed 17105773D-S2  pdf | impact statement
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1228ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/16/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0575)  pdf

Amendments:
Conference amendments

Status:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103819D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/03/17  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104922D-S1
02/06/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  Senate: Read second time
02/07/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/07/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104922D-S1
02/07/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1228S1
02/07/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/17  House: Read first time
02/09/17  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/14/17  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
02/14/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17105525D-H1
02/20/17  House: Read second time
02/21/17  House: Read third time
02/21/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17105525D-H1
02/21/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1228H1
02/21/17  House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/22/17  Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N)
02/23/17  House: House insisted on substitute
02/23/17  House: House requested conference committee
02/23/17  Senate: Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/17  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/17  Senate: Senators: Barker, Suetterlein, Sturtevant
02/23/17  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/23/17  House: Delegates: Carr, Peace, Helsel
02/24/17  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17  Senate: Conference substitute printed 17105773D-S2
02/24/17  House: Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 0-N)
02/24/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N)
03/07/17  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1228ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 575 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0575)