VA SB5050 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)
Status: Engrossed on September 4 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-09-22 - Tabled in Courts of Justice (13-Y 7-N)
Hearing: Sep 22 in Virtual Meeting
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


Parole; notice and certification; monthly reports. Provides that the Department of Corrections (the Department) shall release a prisoner no sooner than 21 business days after the date of notification by the Virginia Parole Board (the Board) to the appropriate attorney for the Commonwealth of the decision to grant parole. The bill authorizes the Board to make such notification electronically and by certified mail; under current law only certified mail may be used. The bill requires that the monthly reports issued by the Board regarding actions taken on the parole of prisoners (i) be published on the last day of the month and (ii) include the offenses of which prisoners considered for parole were convicted, the jurisdictions in which such offenses were committed, and the amount of time served by such prisoners. However, a prisoner's name shall be included on report only if the attorney for the Commonwealth and any victims have been notified; otherwise, inclusion on the report is delayed to the following month. The bill requires that when notice is sent to a victim of the victim's right to present evidence to the Board of the impact that the release of a prisoner will have on the victim, such notice shall also be sent to the attorney for the Commonwealth and the director of the victim/witness program of the jurisdiction in which the prisoner's offense occurred.

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Parole; notice and certification, monthly reports, discretionary early consideration.


Roll Calls

2020-09-22 - House - House: Tabled in Courts of Justice (13-Y 7-N) (Y: 13 N: 7 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-09 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-04 - Senate - Senate: Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to (20-Y 18-N) (Y: 20 N: 18 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-08-28 - Senate - Senate: Committee amendments reconsidered (36-Y 0-N) (Y: 36 N: 0 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-26 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (34-Y 0-N) (Y: 34 N: 0 NV: 6 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-24 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (10-Y 4-N) (Y: 10 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-09-22HouseTabled in Courts of Justice (13-Y 7-N)
2020-09-17HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-09-17HouseRead first time
2020-09-17HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-09-09SenateRead third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
2020-09-04SenatePrinted as engrossed 20201065D-ES1
2020-09-04SenateTitle replaced 20201065D-S1
2020-09-04SenateEngrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendment SB5050ES1
2020-09-04SenateAmendment by Senator Obenshain agreed to
2020-09-04SenateReading of amendment waived
2020-09-04SenatePassed by temporarily
2020-09-04SenateSubstitute by Senator Surovell agreed to (20-Y 18-N)
2020-09-04SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-09-04SenateRead second time
2020-09-03SenatePassed by for the day
2020-09-02SenatePassed by for the day
2020-09-02SenateFloor substitute printed 20201065D-S1 (Surovell)
2020-08-28SenatePassed by for the day
2020-08-28SenateCommittee amendments rejected
2020-08-28SenateCommittee amendments reconsidered (36-Y 0-N)
2020-08-28SenateCommittee amendments agreed to
2020-08-28SenateRead second time
2020-08-27SenatePassed by for the day
2020-08-26SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (34-Y 0-N)
2020-08-24SenateReported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (10-Y 4-N)
2020-08-17SenateReferred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
2020-08-17SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200490D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
531136(n/a)See Bill Text
531154.1(n/a)See Bill Text
531155(n/a)See Bill Text
531160(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

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