VA HB2144 | 2021 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)
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]


Felony homicide; certain drug offenses; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of felony homicide, punishable by confinement for not less than five nor more than 40 years, if the underlying felonious act that resulted in the accidental killing of another person involved the manufacture, sale, gift, or distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and (i) such other person's death results from his use of the controlled substance and (ii) the controlled substance is the proximate cause of the person's death. The bill provides that the venue for prosecution is the locality where the felony violation occurred, where the use of the controlled substance occurred, or where the death occurred. The bill serves to overrule the decision of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in Woodard v. Commonwealth, 61 Va. App., 567, 739 S.E.2d 220 (2013), aff'd, 287 Va. 276, 754 S.E.2d 309 (2014).

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Felony homicide; certain drug offenses, penalty.



2021-02-05HouseLeft in Courts of Justice
2021-01-12HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2021-01-12HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100518D

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ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
18233(n/a)See Bill Text

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