VA SB5035 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)
Status: Engrossed on September 10 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-09-17 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Pending: House Public Safety Committee
Hearing: Sep 21 in Virtual Meeting
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Law-enforcement civilian oversight bodies. Authorizes 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. Such oversight bodies would not be authorized to oversee sheriff's departments. 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 oversight body; locality authorized to establish.


Roll Calls

2020-09-15 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 15-N) (Y: 20 N: 15 NV: 5 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-09-04 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-03 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 5-N) (Y: 11 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-20 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 6-N) (Y: 8 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-09-17HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-09-17HouseRead first time
2020-09-17HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-09-15SenateRead third time and passed Senate (20-Y 15-N)
2020-09-10SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB5035S2
2020-09-10SenateCommittee substitute from Finance and Appropriations agreed to 20201005D-S2
2020-09-10SenateCommittee substitute from Judiciary rejected 20200902D-S1s4410
2020-09-10SenateRead second time
2020-09-04SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
2020-09-03SenateCommittee substitute printed 20201005D-S2
2020-09-03SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 5-N)
2020-08-20SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-08-20SenateCommittee substitute printed 20200879D-S1
2020-08-20SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 6-N)
2020-08-14SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-08-14SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200588D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
1521507(n/a)See Bill Text
152723(n/a)See Bill Text
223002(n/a)See Bill Text
40151.4:4(n/a)See Bill Text
91300(n/a)See Bill Text
91500(n/a)See Bill Text
91507(n/a)See Bill Text
91601(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments