VA HB1941 | 2021 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-0)
Status: Introduced on January 11 2021 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2021-02-05 - Left in Appropriations
Pending: House Appropriations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Required release of video or audio recording; discharge of firearm or use of stun weapon or chemical irritant by law-enforcement officer. Requires that, whenever a law-enforcement officer (i) discharges a firearm or (ii) uses a stun weapon or chemical irritant on a person resulting in death or serious bodily injury, any video or audio recording that relates to such incident produced or obtained by a law-enforcement officer be open to inspection and available for release and posted on a website that is maintained by the law-enforcement agency or on any other website on which the law-enforcement agency generally posts information and that is available to the public or that clearly describes how the public may access such data within 15 days of producing or obtaining such video or audio recording. The bill includes exceptions to such release. The bill also provides that any person denied the rights and privileges conferred may proceed to enforce such rights and privileges by filing a petition for mandamus or injunction pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

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Law-enforcement officer; discharge of firearm, etc., release of video or audio recording.


Roll Calls

2021-01-29 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 9-N) (Y: 12 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2021-01-28 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N) (Y: 5 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2021-02-05HouseLeft in Appropriations
2021-01-29HouseAssigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
2021-01-29HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2021-01-29HouseReported from Public Safety (12-Y 9-N)
2021-01-28HouseSubcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
2021-01-28HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
2021-01-28HouseAssigned PS sub: Public Safety
2021-01-27HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2021-01-27HouseReferred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
2021-01-11HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2021-01-11HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100443D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
16177(n/a)See Bill Text
223713(n/a)See Bill Text
91602(n/a)See Bill Text

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Bill Comments