VA HB5055 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 30-0)
Status: Engrossed on August 28 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-09-25 - Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Law-enforcement civilian oversight bodies. Requires 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 board; and (viii) undertake any other duties as reasonably necessary for the board to effectuate its lawful purpose to effectively oversee the law-enforcement agencies as authorized by the locality. 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.

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Law-enforcement civilian review panels; localities required, on or before 7/1/2021, to establish.


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 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]


2020-09-25SenateConstitutional 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

Code Citations

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

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments