VA HB5069 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 39-0)
Status: Engrossed on September 3 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-09-16 - Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
Pending: Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints; penalty. Makes it a Class 6 felony for a law-enforcement officer to use a neck restraint in the performance of his official duties. The bill defines "neck restraint" as the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure against the neck, including the trachea or carotid artery, with the purpose, intent, or effect of controlling or restricting the person's movement or restricting the person's blood flow or breathing, including chokeholds, carotid restraints, and lateral vascular neck restraints.

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Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints, Class 6 felony.


Roll Calls

2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (Y: 9 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-04 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (Y: 55 N: 43 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-31 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-26 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 7-N) (Y: 13 N: 7 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-09-16SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-09-16SenateCommittee substitute printed 20201185D-S1
2020-09-16SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 4-N)
2020-09-09SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-09-09SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-09-04HouseVOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N)
2020-09-04HouseRead third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
2020-09-03HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB5069H1
2020-09-03HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20201037D-H1
2020-09-03HouseRead second time
2020-09-02HouseRead first time
2020-08-31HouseReported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N)
2020-08-26HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2020-08-26HouseCommittee substitute printed 20201037D-H1
2020-08-26HouseReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 7-N)
2020-08-18HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-08-18HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200533D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
18251.8(n/a)See Bill Text

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