Sanctuary policies; policies prohibited that restrict enforcement of federal immigration laws. (SB1156)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sanctuary policies prohibited. Provides that no locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy intended to restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101078D
01/02/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/17/2019Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Placed on Calendar
01/21/2019Read first time
01/21/2019Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/06/2019Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 3-N)
02/15/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2019Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Read second time
02/19/2019Read third time
02/19/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2019Motion to refer to committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety rejected (48-Y 51-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: AGREE TO MOTION REJECTED (48-Y 51-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Pending question ordered
02/19/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/2019Passed House with amendment (51-Y 47-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019House amendment agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1156ER)
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/19/2019G Vetoed by Governor
04/03/2019Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (20-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Requires 2/3 affirmative votes to pass in enrolled form


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 10 minutes.


Bill writes:

End sanctuary cities

Phil Storey writes:

The exceptionally broad language of this bill is an invitation to localities and their personnel at all levels to engage in racial and ethnic profiling and a wide array of discriminatory practices. Employers, including municipalities, restrict their employees' activities consistent with their authority and professional scope, and for good reason. This bill would apparently give every employee of a municipality the right to use their own judgment about when to call ICE and report someone they suspect of being undocumented, regardless of its effect on the higher priorities the locality's leaders might give to public safety, criminal investigations, public health, etc. No undocumented or 'foreign-looking' victim of or witness to a criminal act could confidently cooperate with the police without great risk of being reported to ICE. It is hard to see any rational justification for this. It seems clearly based on prejudice and xenophobia. Please reject this bill.