VA HB5049 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 23-0)
Status: Engrossed on September 9 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-09-25 - Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Acquisition and use of military property by law-enforcement agencies. Provides that no state or local law-enforcement agency shall acquire, purchase, or otherwise accept on any terms (i) weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles; (ii) aircraft that are configured for combat or are combat-coded and have no established commercial flight application; (iii) grenades or similar explosives or grenade launchers; or (iv) armored multi-wheeled vehicles that are mine-resistant, ambush-protected, and configured for combat from a surplus program operated by the federal government. These provisions do not apply to the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force. The bill prohibits the use of such military property by a law-enforcement officer unless a waiver has been granted by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department). The bill prohibits the use of kinetic impact munitions and tear gas unless an unlawful assembly has been declared and other requirements are met. "Kinetic impact munitions" includes impact rounds and baton rounds, such as rubber batons, bean bag rounds, foam baton rounds, and plastic, wax, wood, or rubber-coated projectiles. The bill directs the Department to adopt emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill.

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Law-enforcement agencies; acquisition and use of military property.


Roll Calls

2020-09-25 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (Y: 36 N: 0 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-24 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (Y: 11 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (Y: 9 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-10 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (54-Y 42-N) (Y: 54 N: 42 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-03 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-25 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety (13-Y 8-N) (Y: 13 N: 8 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2020-09-25SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
2020-09-24SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N)
2020-09-16SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-09-16SenateCommittee substitute printed 20201182D-S1
2020-09-16SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 4-N)
2020-09-15SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-09-15SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-09-10HouseVOTE: Passage (54-Y 42-N)
2020-09-10HouseRead third time and passed House (54-Y 42-N)
2020-09-10HousePassed by until after Resolutions Regular Calendar
2020-09-09HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB5049H1
2020-09-09HousePending question ordered
2020-09-09HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20201002D-H1
2020-09-09HouseAmendment by Delegate Helmer withdrawn
2020-09-09HouseRead second time
2020-09-08HousePassed by for the day
2020-09-04HouseRead first time
2020-09-03HouseCommittee substitute printed 20201002D-H1
2020-09-03HouseReported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
2020-08-25HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2020-08-25HouseReported from Public Safety (13-Y 8-N)
2020-08-17HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-08-17HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200730D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
1521123.1(n/a)See Bill Text
1521721.1(n/a)See Bill Text
1521722.2(n/a)See Bill Text
182312(n/a)See Bill Text
225515(n/a)See Bill Text
91101(n/a)See Bill Text
91102(n/a)See Bill Text

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Bill Comments