VA SB489 | 2020 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Failed on March 12 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-03-12 - Failed to pass in Senate
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Authority to defer and dismiss a criminal case. Provides that a trial court presiding in a criminal case may, after any plea or trial, with or without a determination, finding, or pronouncement of guilt, and notwithstanding the entry of a conviction order, upon consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, upon its own motion with the consent of the defendant, or with the agreement of the defendant and the Commonwealth, defer proceedings, defer entry of a conviction order, if none, or defer entry of a final order, and continue the case for final disposition, on such reasonable terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by the parties and placed on the record, or if there is no agreement, as may be imposed by the court. The bill provides that final disposition may include (a) conviction of the original charge, (b) conviction of an alternative charge, or (c) dismissal of the proceedings.

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Criminal cases; authority to defer and dismiss.


Roll Calls

2020-03-05 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (59-Y 40-N) (Y: 59 N: 39 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-05 - Senate - Senate: Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-05 - Senate - Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 38-N) (Y: 1 N: 37 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-03-02 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (Y: 14 N: 5 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-28 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N) (Y: 5 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-11 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-07 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (Y: 36 N: 0 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-05 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (Y: 13 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-03-12SenateFailed to pass in Senate
2020-03-12SenateNo further action taken
2020-03-05HouseDelegates: Watts, Scott, Collins
2020-03-05HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-03-05SenateSenators: Surovell, Deeds, Stanley
2020-03-05SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-03-05SenateSenate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
2020-03-05HouseHouse requested conference committee
2020-03-05HouseHouse insisted on substitute
2020-03-05SenateHouse substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 38-N)
2020-03-05HouseVOTE: Passage (59-Y 40-N)
2020-03-05HousePassed House with substitute (59-Y 40-N)
2020-03-05HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute SB489H1
2020-03-05HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20109422D-H1
2020-03-05HouseRead third time
2020-03-04HouseRead second time
2020-03-02HouseCommittee substitute printed 20109422D-H1
2020-03-02HouseReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 6-N)
2020-02-28HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
2020-02-14HouseAssigned Courts sub: Criminal
2020-02-14HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-02-14HouseRead first time
2020-02-14HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-02-11SenateRead third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
2020-02-10SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB489S1
2020-02-10SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 20105897D-S1
2020-02-10SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-02-10SenateRead second time
2020-02-07SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
2020-02-05SenateCommittee substitute printed 20105897D-S1
2020-02-05SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (13-Y 1-N)
2020-01-24SenateAssigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
2020-01-08SenateMoved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
2020-01-07SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-01-07SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104671D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
192265.3(n/a)See Bill Text
192298.02(n/a)See Bill Text

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