VA HB5109 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 29-0)
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]


Department of Criminal Justice Services; law-enforcement officer training and qualifications. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) to develop a uniform curriculum and lesson plans for the compulsory minimum entry-level, in-service, and advanced training standards to be employed by criminal justice training academies approved by the Department when conducting training. The bill also requires the Department to include the recognition of implicit biases in interacting with persons who have a mental illness, substance use disorder, or developmental or cognitive disability in its (i) training standards and model policies; (ii) compulsory training standards for basic training and recertification of law-enforcement officers; and (iii) operating procedures, guidelines, and standards for community policing in order to ensure sensitivity to and awareness of systemic and individual racism, cultural diversity, and the potential for bias-based profiling. The bill also requires the Department to include training in de-escalation techniques and training in the lawful use of force, including the use of force only when necessary to protect the law-enforcement officer or another person in the compulsory training standards for basic training and recertification.

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Law-enforcement officer training & qualifications; DCJS to develop uniform curriculum & plans, etc.


Roll Calls

2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (Y: 12 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-04 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (97-Y 1-N) (Y: 97 N: 1 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-31 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (Y: 22 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-25 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2020-09-16SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-09-16SenateCommittee substitute printed 20201189D-S1
2020-09-16SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N)
2020-09-09SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-09-09SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-09-04HouseVOTE: Passage (97-Y 1-N)
2020-09-04HouseRead third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N)
2020-09-03HousePrinted as engrossed 20200924D-E
2020-09-03HouseEngrossed by House as amended HB5109E
2020-09-03HouseCommittee amendment agreed to
2020-09-03HouseRead second time
2020-09-02HouseRead first time
2020-08-31HouseReported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
2020-08-25HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2020-08-25HouseReported from Public Safety with amendment (21-Y 0-N)
2020-08-21HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-08-21HousePresented and ordered printed 20200924D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
1521705(n/a)See Bill Text
91102(n/a)See Bill Text
91112.1(n/a)See Bill Text

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