VA HB5055 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 30-0)
Status: Passed on October 28 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-10-28 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0029)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]


Law-enforcement civilian oversight bodies. Authorizes a locality to establish a law-enforcement civilian oversight body that may (i) receive, investigate, and issue findings on complaints from civilians regarding conduct of law-enforcement officers and civilian employees; (ii) investigate and issue findings on incidents, including the use of force by a law-enforcement officer, death or serious injury to any person held in custody, serious abuse of authority or misconduct, allegedly discriminatory stops, and other incidents regarding the conduct of law-enforcement officers or civilian employees; (iii) make binding disciplinary determinations in cases that involve serious breaches of departmental and professional standards; (iv) investigate policies, practices, and procedures of law-enforcement agencies and make recommendations regarding changes to such policies, practices, and procedures; (v) review all investigations conducted internally by law-enforcement agencies and issue findings regarding the accuracy, completeness, and impartiality of such investigations and the sufficiency of any discipline resulting from such investigations; (vi) request reports of the annual expenditures of law-enforcement agencies and make budgetary recommendations; (vii) make public reports on the activities of the law-enforcement civilian oversight body; and (viii) undertake any other duties as reasonably necessary for the law-enforcement civilian oversight body to effectuate its lawful purpose to effectively oversee the law-enforcement agencies as authorized by the locality. Such oversight bodies are not authorized to oversee sheriff's departments. The bill provides that a law-enforcement officer who is subject to a binding disciplinary determination may file a grievance requesting a final hearing pursuant to the locality's local grievance procedures. The bill also provides that a retired law-enforcement officer may serve on such law-enforcement civilian oversight body as an advisory, nonvoting ex officio member. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021, and is identical to

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Law-enforcement civilian oversight bodies; localities may establish, duties, effective date.


Roll Calls

2020-10-14 - House - House: VOTE: Agreed To (53-Y 35-N) (Y: 53 N: 35 NV: 11 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-10-14 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N) (Y: 21 N: 18 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-10-07 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (21-Y 15-N) (Y: 21 N: 15 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-10-02 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (1-Y 92-N) (Y: 1 N: 92 NV: 6 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-10-01 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 19-N) (Y: 20 N: 19 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
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 4-N) (Y: 11 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (7-Y 2-N) (Y: 7 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-03 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (53-Y 45-N) (Y: 53 N: 45 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-28 - House - House: VOTE: Pass By (54-Y 41-N) (Y: 54 N: 41 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-25 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-10-28 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0029)
2020-10-28 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 29 (effective 7/1/21)
2020-10-21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., October 28, 2020
2020-10-21HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on October 21, 2020
2020-10-16SenateSigned by President
2020-10-16HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-10-16HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB5055ER)
2020-10-14HouseVOTE: Agreed To (53-Y 35-N)
2020-10-14HouseConference report agreed to by House (53-Y 35-N)
2020-10-14SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N)
2020-10-14HouseConference substitute printed 20201374D-H2
2020-10-14 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-10-07SenateSenators: Hashmi, McClellan, Stuart
2020-10-07SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-10-07HouseDelegates: Herring, Price, Miyares
2020-10-07HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-10-07HouseHouse acceded to request
2020-10-07SenateSenate requested conference committee
2020-10-07SenateSenate insisted on substitute (21-Y 15-N)
2020-10-02HouseVOTE: Adoption (1-Y 92-N)
2020-10-02HouseSenate substitute rejected by House (1-Y 92-N)
2020-10-02HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-10-01SenatePassed Senate with substitute (20-Y 19-N)
2020-10-01SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB5055S1
2020-10-01SenateCommittee substitute agreed to
2020-10-01SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-10-01SenateRead third time
2020-10-01SenatePassed by temporarily
2020-09-25SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
2020-09-24SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 4-N)
2020-09-16SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-09-16SenateCommittee substitute printed 20201194D-S1
2020-09-16SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (7-Y 2-N)
2020-09-04SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-09-04SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-09-03HouseVOTE: Passage (53-Y 45-N)
2020-09-03HouseRead third time and passed House (53-Y 45-N)
2020-08-28HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB5055H1
2020-08-28HouseVOTE: Pass By (54-Y 41-N)
2020-08-28HouseAmendment by Delegate Wilt passed by (54-Y 41-N)
2020-08-28HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20200962D-H1
2020-08-28HouseRead second time
2020-08-27HouseRead first time
2020-08-25HouseSubstitute bill reprinted 20200962D-H1
2020-08-25HouseCommittee substitute printed 20200962D-H1
2020-08-25HouseReported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
2020-08-18HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-08-18HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200472D

Same As/Similar To

SB5035 (Same As) 2020-10-28 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0030)

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
91102(n/a)See Bill Text
91601(n/a)See Bill Text

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