VA HB972 | 2020 | Regular Session

Status

Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)
Status: Passed on May 21 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-05-21 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1285)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]

Summary

Possession and consumption of marijuana; penalty. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $25. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides that any violation of simple possession of marijuana shall be charged by a summons in form the same as the uniform summons for motor vehicle law violations and that no court costs shall be assessed for such violations. The bill also provides that a person's criminal history record information shall not include records of any charges or judgments for such violations and records of such charges or judgements shall not be reported to the Central Criminal Records Exchange. However, the bill states that if a violation occurs while an individual is operating a commercial motor vehicle, such violation shall be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles and shall be included on such individual's driving record. Also, the bill states that the procedure for appeal and trial of any violation of simple possession of marijuana shall be the same as provided by law for misdemeanors. The bill also provides that if requested by either party on appeal to the circuit court, trial by jury shall be provided and the Commonwealth shall be required to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Additionally, the bill provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations. The bill defines "marijuana" to include hashish oil and creates a rebuttable presumption that a person who possesses no more than one ounce of marijuana possesses it for personal use. The bill also (i) makes records relating to the arrest, criminal charge, or conviction of possession of marijuana not open to public inspection and disclosure, except in certain circumstances; (ii) prohibits employers and educational institutions from requiring an applicant for employment or admission to disclose information related to such arrest, criminal charge, or conviction; and (iii) prohibits agencies, officials, and employees of the state and local governments from requiring an applicant for a license, permit, registration, or governmental service to disclose information concerning such arrest, criminal charge, or conviction. Also, the bill allows a person charged with a civil offense who is acquitted, a nolle prosequi is taken, or the charge is otherwise dismissed to file a petition requesting expungement of the police records and court records related to the charge. Finally, the bill requires the Secretaries of Agriculture and Forestry, Finance, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security to convene a work group to study the impact on the Commonwealth of legalizing the sale and personal use of marijuana and report the recommendations of the work group to the General Assembly and the Governor by November 30, 2020.

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Title

Marijuana; definitions, possession and consumption, civil penalties, report.

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2020-04-22 - House - House: VOTE: Agree to (1-Y 90-N) (Y: 1 N: 90 NV: 9 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-04-22 - House - House: VOTE: Agree to (58-Y 35-N) (Y: 58 N: 35 NV: 7 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-04-22 - House - House: VOTE: (59-Y 34-N) (Y: 59 N: 34 NV: 7 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-04-22 - Senate - Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #1-5 #7-16 (26-Y 14-N) (Y: 26 N: 14 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-04-22 - Senate - Senate: Senate rejected Governor's recommendation #17 (5-Y 35-N) (Y: 5 N: 35 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-03-08 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (27-Y 12-N) (Y: 27 N: 12 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-08 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (56-Y 36-N) (Y: 56 N: 36 NV: 8 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-07 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 39-N) (Y: 57 N: 39 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-07 - Senate - Senate: Senate acceded to request for second conference committee (27-Y 12-N) (Y: 27 N: 12 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-07 - Senate - Senate: Senate requested second conference committee (27-Y 13-N) (Y: 27 N: 13 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-07 - Senate - Senate: Conference report rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N) (Y: 2 N: 38 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (27-Y 13-N) (Y: 27 N: 13 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 93-N) (Y: 0 N: 93 NV: 7 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-25 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 2-N) (Y: 14 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-19 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (10-Y 4-N) (Y: 10 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-10 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (64-Y 34-N) (Y: 64 N: 34 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-05 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (Y: 13 N: 8 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-05 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 8 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2020-05-21 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1285)
2020-05-21 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 1285 (effective 7/1/20)
2020-04-29 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020
2020-04-29HouseReenrolled Bill communicated to Governor on April 29, 2020
2020-04-22SenateSigned by President as reenrolled
2020-04-22HouseSigned by Speaker as reenrolled
2020-04-22HouseReenrolled bill text (HB972ER2)
2020-04-22HouseReenrolled
2020-04-22 Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
2020-04-22SenateSenate concurred in Governor's recommendations #1-5 #7-16 (26-Y 14-N)
2020-04-22SenateSenate rejected Governor's recommendation #17 (5-Y 35-N)
2020-04-22HouseVOTE: Agree to (1-Y 90-N)
2020-04-22HouseHouse rejected Governor's recommendation #6 (1-Y 90-N)
2020-04-22HouseVOTE: Agree to (58-Y 35-N)
2020-04-22HouseHouse concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 1-5 and 7-17 (58-Y 35-N)
2020-04-22HousePassed by temporarily
2020-04-22HouseReconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to
2020-04-22HouseVOTE: (59-Y 34-N)
2020-04-22HouseHouse concurred in Governor's recommendation (59-Y 34-N)
2020-04-22HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-04-11HouseGovernor's recommendation received by House
2020-03-20 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-20HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
2020-03-19HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-03-18SenateSigned by President
2020-03-18HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB972ER)
2020-03-18HouseEnrolled
2020-03-08SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (27-Y 12-N)
2020-03-08HouseVOTE: Adoption (56-Y 36-N)
2020-03-08HouseConference report agreed to by House (56-Y 36-N)
2020-03-08HouseSecond Conference substitute printed 20109945D-H3
2020-03-07HouseDelegates: Herring, Heretick, Collins
2020-03-07HouseSecond conferees appointed by House
2020-03-07SenateSenators: Ebbin, Morrissey, Stanley
2020-03-07SenateSecond conferees appointed by Senate
2020-03-07SenateSenate acceded to request for second conference committee (27-Y 12-N)
2020-03-07SenateSenate requested second conference committee (27-Y 13-N)
2020-03-07SenateConference report rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N)
2020-03-07HouseHouse requested second conference committee
2020-03-07HouseVOTE: Adoption (57-Y 39-N)
2020-03-07HouseConference report agreed to by House (57-Y 39-N)
2020-03-05HouseFirst Conference substitute printed 20109632D-H2
2020-03-05 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-02-27SenateSenators: Ebbin, Morrissey, Stanley
2020-02-27SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-02-27HouseDelegates: Herring, Heretick, Collins
2020-02-27HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-02-27HouseHouse acceded to request
2020-02-26SenateSenate requested conference committee
2020-02-26SenateSenate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
2020-02-26HouseVOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 93-N)
2020-02-26HouseSenate substitute rejected by House 20108924D-S2 (0-Y 93-N)
2020-02-26SenatePassed Senate with substitute (27-Y 13-N)
2020-02-26SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB972S2
2020-02-26SenatePassed by temporarily
2020-02-26SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 20108924D-S2
2020-02-26SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-02-26SenateCommittee substitute rejected 20108635D-S1
2020-02-26SenateRead third time
2020-02-26SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
2020-02-25SenateCommittee substitute printed 20108924D-S2
2020-02-25SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 2-N)
2020-02-19SenateCommittee substitute printed 20108635D-S1
2020-02-19SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-02-19SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (10-Y 4-N)
2020-02-11SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-02-11SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-02-10HouseVOTE: Passage (64-Y 34-N)
2020-02-10HouseRead third time and passed House (64-Y 34-N)
2020-02-07HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB972H1
2020-02-07HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20107729D-H1
2020-02-07HouseRead second time
2020-02-06HouseRead first time
2020-02-05HouseReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 8-N)
2020-02-05HouseIncorporates HB301 (Levine)
2020-02-05HouseIncorporates HB481 (Kory)
2020-02-05HouseIncorporates HB265 (Heretick)
2020-02-05HouseCommittee substitute printed 20107729D-H1
2020-01-07HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-01-07HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103384D

Same As/Similar To

HB265 (Similar To) 2020-02-05 - Incorporated by Courts of Justice
HB301 (Similar To) 2020-02-05 - Incorporated by Courts of Justice
HB481 (Similar To) 2020-02-05 - Incorporated by Courts of Justice
SB2 (Same As) 2020-05-21 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1286)

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
161228(n/a)See Bill Text
161260(n/a)See Bill Text
161273(n/a)See Bill Text
182248.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182250.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182250.2(n/a)See Bill Text
182251(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.02(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.03(n/a)See Bill Text
182252(n/a)See Bill Text
182254(n/a)See Bill Text
182259.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.09(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.1:5(n/a)See Bill Text
192188.1(n/a)See Bill Text
192389.3(n/a)See Bill Text
462390.1(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

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