Virginia Senator Joseph Morrissey [D]

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VASB5007EngrossCriminal cases; sentencing reform. Provides that in a criminal case the court shall ascertain the extent of the punishment unless the accused has requested that the jury ascertain punishment or was found guilty of capital murder. The bill also provid...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5017EngrossLocal correctional facility; definition. Provides that, for purposes of minimum standards for correctional facilities and enforcement of those standards, the term "local correctional facility" shall also include any facility owned, maintained, or ope...
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2020-09-17
[Hearing: Sep 21]
To House Public Safety Committee
VASB5014EngrossMinimum training standards for law-enforcement officers; crisis intervention team training. Requires all law-enforcement officers involved in a crisis intervention team program to complete a comprehensive advanced training course developed by the Dep...
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2020-09-17
[Hearing: Sep 21]
To House Public Safety Committee
VASB5034EngrossRelease of prisoners. Provides that any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who is terminally ill is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release. The bill a...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5029EngrossIssuing citations; possession of marijuana and certain traffic infractions. Changes from primary offenses to secondary offenses the possession of marijuana and the traffic infractions of operating a motor vehicle (i) without a light illuminating a li...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5024EngrossLaw-enforcement misconduct. Authorizes the Attorney General to file a civil suit or inquire into or seek to conciliate, through the Division of Human Rights, any unlawful pattern and practice against the Commonwealth or a locality whenever the Attorn...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5043EngrossExpungement of police and court records; Expungement Fee Fund created. Provides that final disposition may include (i) conviction of the original charge, (ii) conviction of an alternative charge, or (iii) dismissal of the proceedings. The bill also a...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5035EngrossLaw-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 a...
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2020-09-17
[Hearing: Sep 21]
To House Public Safety Committee
VASB5032EngrossAssault and battery; penalty. Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for a simple assault or an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the ca...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5033EngrossCourt authority in criminal cases; prosecutorial discretion to dispose of a criminal case. Provides that, upon the agreement of the Commonwealth and the defendant, a trial court may defer proceedings; defer entry of a conviction order, if none, or de...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5013EngrossPossession of marijuana; prepay penalty. Provides that a violation of possession of marijuana by an adult shall be a prepayable offense.
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB5030EngrossPolicing reform. Adds law-enforcement officers to those persons who are guilty of a Class 6 felony if they are in a position of authority over and carnally know without force, threat, or intimidation any inmate, parolee, probationer, arrestee, detain...
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2020-09-17
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASR542IntroCommending Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Semyon Vindman, USA Ret.
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2020-09-16
Passed by for the day
VASR540PassCelebrating the life of Lori Lee Brickley.
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2020-09-16
Bill text as passed Senate (SR540ER)
VASR538PassCommending Geraldine Bailey Williams Johnson.
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2020-09-10
Bill text as passed Senate (SR538ER)
VASR532PassCelebrating the life of the Honorable John Henry Hager.
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2020-09-09
Bill text as passed Senate (SR532ER)
VASR534PassCelebrating the life of Bishop Gerald O. Glenn.
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2020-09-09
Bill text as passed Senate (SR534ER)
VASB5049IntroLaw-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a law-enforcement officer to use a neck restraint in the performance of his official duti...
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2020-09-03
Incorporated by Finance and Appropriations
VASB5016IntroApplication of parole statutes for juveniles and persons committed upon felony offenses committed on or after January 1, 1995. Repeals the abolition of parole. The bill also provides that the Virginia Parole Board shall establish procedures for consi...
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2020-08-26
Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary with letter (14-Y 0-N)
VASB5065IntroCivil action for deprivation of rights by a law-enforcement officer. Creates a civil action for the deprivation of a person's rights by a law-enforcement officer. The bill provides that a plaintiff may be awarded compensatory damages, punitive damage...
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2020-08-26
Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary with letter (14-Y 0-N)
VASB5046IntroLimitation on mandatory minimum punishment. Provides that mandatory minimum punishments shall not apply to any sentence imposed for an offense committed on or after January 1, 2021.
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2020-08-20
Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary with letter (10-Y 3-N)
VASB5006IntroExpungement of police and court records; pardons. Allows a person to petition for the expungement of the police and court records relating to such person's conviction for misdemeanors and certain felonies if he has been granted a simple pardon for th...
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2020-08-20
Incorporated by Judiciary
VASB5009IntroExpungement of certain alcohol-related offenses. Allows a person to petition for expungement of a deferred disposition dismissal for underage alcohol possession or using a false ID to obtain alcohol when the offense occurred prior to the person's twe...
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2020-08-20
Incorporated by Judiciary
VASR510PassCelebrating the life of Fitz Alexander Campbell Thomas.
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2020-08-19
Bill text as passed Senate (SR510ER)
VASR508PassCelebrating the life of Darryl C. Smith, Sr.
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2020-08-19
Bill text as passed Senate (SR508ER)
VASB2PassPossession 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 subs...
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2020-05-21
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1286)
VASB861VetoGroup health benefit plans; bona fide associations; benefits consortium. Provides that certain trusts constitute a benefits consortium and are authorized to sell health benefits plans to members of a sponsoring association that (i) has been formed an...
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2020-05-21
Governor: Vetoed by Governor
VASB7PassMinimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour effective May 1, 2021; to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022; to $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2023; to $13.50 per ho...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1242)
VASB8PassPrevailing wage; public works contracts; penalty. Requires contractors and subcontractors under any public contract with a state agency, or with a locality that has adopted an ordinance requiring the payment of prevailing wages, for public works to p...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1243)
VASB35PassControl of firearms by localities; permitted events. Authorizes any locality by ordinance to prohibit the possession or carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components or any combination thereof in (i) any building, or part thereof, owned or used by ...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1247)
VASB421PassConsumer lending. Replaces references to payday loans with the term "short-term loans." The measure caps the interest and fees that may be charged under a short-term loan at an annual rate of 36 percent, plus a maintenance fee; increases the maximum ...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1258)
VASB793PassParole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes. Provides that a person is eligible to be considered for parole if (i) such person was sentenced by a jury prior to the date of the Supreme Court of Virginia decision in Fishback v...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1272)
VASB629PassShared solar programs. Requires the State Corporation Commission to establish by regulation a shared solar program that allows customers of Dominion Virginia to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility, which is defin...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1264)
VASB34PassDriver privilege cards; penalty. Authorizes the issuance of new driver privilege cards by the Department of Motor Vehicles to an applicant who (i) has reported income from Virginia sources or been claimed as a dependent on an individual tax return fi...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1246)
VASB998PassElectric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1279)
VASB179PassHate crimes; gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation; penalty. Adds gender, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault an...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1171)
VASB1089PassVisiting state correctional facilities; strip searches of those entering. Provides that no child under the age of 18 who is seeking entrance to a state correctional facility shall be strip searched or subjected to a search of any body cavity under an...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1181)
VASB94PassVirginia Energy Plan; Commonwealth Energy Policy. Adopts findings that climate change is an urgent and pressing challenge for Virginia, that swift decarbonization and a transition to clean energy are required to meet the urgency of the challenge, and...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1191)
VASB868PassProhibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia ...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1140)
VASB818PassBehavioral health dockets; established. Establishes, by the Behavioral Health Docket Act (the Act), behavioral health courts as specialized court dockets within the existing structure of Virginia's court system, offering judicial monitoring of intens...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1096)
VASB11PassLocal disposable plastic bag tax. Authorizes any county or city, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2021, to impose a tax of five cents per bag on disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers, with certain bags being exempt fr...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1023)
VASB423PassHealth insurance; mandated coverage for hearing aids for minors. Requires health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and corporations providing health care coverage subscription contracts to provide coverage for hearing aids and related servi...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1094)
VASB70PassFirearm sales; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm sale and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a background check ...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1112)
VASB65PassVoter identification; repeal of photo identification requirements; additional forms of identification accepted; signed statement in lieu of required form of identification; penalty. Removes the requirement that voters show a form of identification co...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1065)
VASB236PassConstitutional amendment (voter referendum); apportionment; Virginia Redistricting Commission. Provides for a referendum at the November 3, 2020, election to approve or reject amendments to the Constitution of Virginia establishing the Virginia Redis...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1071)
VASB480PassCovenants not to compete; low-wage employees; civil penalty. Prohibits an employer from entering into, enforcing, or threatening to enforce a covenant not to compete between the employer and a low-wage employee. The employer is subject to a civil pen...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0949)
VASB798PassDriving after forfeiture of license. Specifies that a person is guilty of an offense of driving or operating a motor vehicle (i) after his driver's license has been revoked for certain offenses; (ii) in violation of the terms of a restricted license;...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1019)
VASB668PassChild care providers; out-of-state background checks. Requires certain child care providers and employees or volunteers thereof to submit to background checks that include a criminal history record information check and sex offender registry check in...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0936)
VASB667PassArrest and prosecution when experiencing or reporting overdoses. Provides that no individual shall be subject to arrest or prosecution for the unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol; possession of a controlled substance; possession ...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1016)
VASB1PassSuspension of driver's license for nonpayment of fines or costs. Repeals the requirement that the driver's license of a person convicted of any violation of the law who fails or refuses to provide for immediate payment of fines or costs be suspended....
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0965)
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