Bill Text: VA HB2208 | 2011 | Regular Session | Introduced
Bill Title: Gang activities, etc.; enhanced penalties within 1,000 feet of housing for older persons. [Track Bill]
Status: 2011-02-08 - House: Left in Courts of Justice [HB2208 Detail]
Patrons-- McQuinn, Alexander, Bulova, Carr, James, Sickles, Torian, Tyler and Ward
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That §§ 18.2-46.3:3 and 18.2-255.2 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 18.2-46.3:3. Enhanced punishment for gang activity taking place in a gang-free zone; penalties.
A. Any person who violates § 18.2-46.2 (i) upon the
property, including buildings and grounds, of any public or private elementary,
secondary, or postsecondary school, or any public or private two-year or
four-year institution of higher education; (ii) upon public property or any
property open to public use within 1,000 feet of such school property; (iii) on
any school bus as defined in § 46.2-100;
B. As used in this section, "multi-family housing for older persons" means housing that is multi-unit housing unit where the majority of residents, living independently or in an assisted manner, are older persons living in housing as defined in § 36-96.7.
§ 18.2-255.2. Prohibiting the sale or manufacture of drugs on or near certain properties; penalty.
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell or distribute or possess with intent to sell, give or distribute any controlled substance, imitation controlled substance or marijuana while:
7. Upon the property of any state facility as defined in § 37.2-100 or upon public property or property open to public use within 1,000 feet of such an institution.
It is a violation of the provisions of this section if the
person possessed the controlled substance, imitation controlled substance or
marijuana on the property described in
B. Violation of this section shall constitute a separate and distinct felony. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned for a term of not less than one year nor more than five years and fined not more than $100,000. A second or subsequent conviction hereunder for an offense involving a controlled substance classified in Schedule I, II, or III of the Drug Control Act (§ 54.1-3400 et seq.) or more than one-half ounce of marijuana shall be punished by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of one year to be served consecutively with any other sentence. However, if such person proves that he sold such controlled substance or marijuana only as an accommodation to another individual and not with intent to profit thereby from any consideration received or expected nor to induce the recipient or intended recipient of the controlled substance or marijuana to use or become addicted to or dependent upon such controlled substance or marijuana, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
C. If a person commits an act violating the provisions of this section, and the same act also violates another provision of law that provides for penalties greater than those provided for by this section, then nothing in this section shall prohibit or bar any prosecution or proceeding under that other provision of law or the imposition of any penalties provided for thereby.
2. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to § 30-19.1:4, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities; therefore, Chapter 874 of the Acts of Assembly of 2010 requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. Pursuant to § 30-19.1:4, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.