VA HB2045 | 2021 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-0)
Status: Introduced on January 12 2021 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2021-02-05 - Left in Courts of Justice
Pending: House Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Civil action for deprivation of rights; duties and liabilities of certain employers in employing or contracting for the services of law-enforcement officers. Creates a civil action for the deprivation of a person's rights by a law-enforcement officer and provides that a plaintiff may be awarded compensatory damages, punitive damages, and equitable relief as well as reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill provides that sovereign immunity and limitations on liability or damages shall not apply to such actions and that qualified immunity is not a defense to liability for such deprivation of rights. Finally, the bill provides that any public or private entity that employs or contracts for the services of a law-enforcement officer owes a duty of reasonable care to third parties in its hiring, supervision, training, retention, and use of such officers under its employment or contract.

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Civil action for deprivation of rights; duties and liabilities of certain employers.


Roll Calls

2021-01-29 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N) (Y: 6 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2021-02-05HouseLeft in Courts of Justice
2021-01-29HouseSubcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)
2021-01-26HouseAssigned Courts sub: Civil
2021-01-12HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2021-01-12HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101696D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
80142.6(n/a)See Bill Text
80142.7(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments