The Legislative Update from VPAR



The Legislative Update from VPAR

Number 2 – January 22, 2017


Day 12 of the 45-day “short session” is in the books. Only 15 days until Crossover, the halfway mark of the Session. And then, just 18 days after that until adjournment. But who’s counting?

Senate Committee assignments just were finalized last week, as the “upper chamber” welcomed two new members, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-9th) and Sen Mark Peake (R-22nd).  Sen. McClellan was elected in a special election to fill the term of former Virginia Senator Donald McEachin, who was elected in November to the 4th Congressional District, while Sen. Peake won the seat of former Virginia Senator Tom Garrett, who now represents the 5th Congressional District. VPAR REALTORS® will be happy to note that Sen. Monty Mason (D-1st) was appointed to the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology, which is where the majority of our housing and real estate legislation is referred. With these committees now fully seated, the real work in the Senate will begin to speed up a bit.

Friday marked the last day for bills to be introduced, so more legislation will be reviewed as the week moves along. As of now, 2,355 bills have been submitted. It’s NFL football season (GO PATS!!!! – CEO’s prerogative there…), and college basketball season (GO KENTUCKY WILDCATS!!! – the writer’s prerogative here..), so many of us are “stats oriented” right now. In keeping with our focus on sports data, below is an interesting breakdown of how the 217 General Assembly Session legislative stats are stacking up:



1084    House Bills Introduced                       806      Senate Bills Introduced

271      House Joint Resolutions Introduced  118      Senate Joint Resolutions Introduced

55        House Resolutions Introduced                       21        Senate Resolutions Introduced


131      Bills PASSED

313      Bills FAILED


Meanwhile, the REALTOR® Legislative Agenda gained traction this past week. Two Virginia REALTORS® bills – HB 1623, dealing with the transfer of security deposits during the sale of a rental unit, and HB 2034, providing clarifications to the list of items real estate buyers should research before purchasing property – passed out of committee unanimously and will be considered by the full House early next week. Two other bills, HB 2045 and HB 2274, legislation protecting certain homeowners’ rights within property and condo owners associations, were taken up in the House General Laws housing subcommittee and will be considered again next Tuesday.

Another bill of interest to our Virginia REALTORS® property managers is HB 2006, which sets out the rights and responsibilities under the Virginia Fair Housing Law with respect to maintaining an assistance animal in a dwelling. The legislation is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. Watch one of VAR’s most recent Legal Lessons for clarification on the Virginia Real Estate Board’s latest guidance document regarding assistance animals.

For a full review of the 2017 VAR legislative agenda, go to:

And for an interesting PHOTO MONTAGE of recent days during Session, go to:


VPAR’s General Assembly Delegation Contact Information


Del. Gordon Helsel, R-91st , Poquoson               (804) 698-1091

Del. Keith Hodges, R-98th  Urbanna                    (804) 698-1098

Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton                      (804) 698-1064

Del. Mike Mullin, D-93rd, Newport News               (804) 698-1093

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96th, Yorktown                 (804) 698-1096

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-95th, Newport News     (804) 698-1095

Del. Jeoin Ward, D-92nd, Hampton                      (804) 698-1092

Del. David Yancey, R-94th, Newport News           (804) 698-1094

Sen. Mamie Locke, D-2nd, Hampton                    (804) 698-7502

Sen. Monty Mason, D-1st, Williamsburg             (804) 698-7501

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City             (804) 698-7503




We would like to share with you some very valuable (and helpful) information regarding General Assembly Resources:



In order to prepare for the 2017 session, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with a few helpful websites and other relevant information. Our goal is for you to be able to follow the action here in Richmond as well as to participate in the process.


To watch the House of Delegates in Session live at Noon each day, click here:


To watch the Virginia Senate in Session live at noon each day, click here:


Subscribe to receive daily e-mails with news articles highlighting major political and legislative happenings.


Virginia Legislative Information System (list of General Assembly members, all legislation, committee action, daily meeting schedule and daily floor calendars)


Who’s My Legislator?


Governor of Virginia


Governor’s Cabinet


Lt. Governor


Attorney General




Mark your calendars now for February 8th so that you can attend VPAR’s Annual REALTOR® Day on the Hill! Join REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth as they descend upon the General Assembly to tout the Association’s legislative agenda. Visit with legislators from the region, hear from “in the know” politicos on current issues and tour the Capitol and the Executive Mansion. Join us for a highly beneficial day!


For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at .