Bill Text: VA HB2651 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund; created, fees for offenses related to sex trafficking.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-16 - Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N) [HB2651 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-HB2651-Introduced.html
19104379D
HOUSE BILL NO. 2651
Offered January 11, 2019
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 1 of Chapter 1 of Title 9.1 a section numbered 9.1-116.4 and by adding sections numbered 16.1-69.48:6 and 17.1-275.13, relating to Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund; fees for offenses related to sex trafficking.
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Patron-- Yancey
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Committee Referral Pending
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 1 of Chapter 1 of Title 9.1 a section numbered 9.1-116.4 and by adding sections numbered 16.1-69.48:6 and 17.1-275.13 as follows:

§9.1-116.4. Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund; purpose; guidelines.

A. There is hereby created in the state treasury a special nonreverting fund to be known as the Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund (the Fund). The Fund shall be established on the books of the Comptroller. All moneys accruing to the Fund shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Fund. Interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall remain in the Fund and be credited to it. Any moneys remaining in the Fund, including interest thereon, at the end of each fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund but shall remain in the Fund. Moneys in the Fund shall be used solely for the purpose of promoting prevention and awareness of sex trafficking. Expenditures and disbursements from the Fund shall be made by the State Treasurer on warrants issued by the Comptroller upon written request signed by the Director of the Department.

B. The Fund shall be administered by the Department, and the Department shall adopt guidelines to make funds available to agencies of the state and local governments for the purpose of promoting awareness of and preventative training and education related to sex trafficking.

§ 16.1-69.48:6. Fees for offenses related to sex trafficking.

The court shall order any person convicted of a misdemeanor violation of subsection B of §18.2-346 or of §18.2-348 or 18.2-349 to pay a $100 fee, which shall be deposited into the Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund to be used in accordance with §9.1-116.4.

§17.1-275.13. Additional fee for offenses related to sex trafficking.

In addition to the fees provided for by §§17.1-275.1, 17.1-275.2, 17.1-275.7, 17.1-275.10, and 17.1-275.12, any person convicted of a misdemeanor violation of subsection B of §18.2-346 or of §18.2-348 or 18.2-349 shall be ordered to pay a $100 fee, and any person convicted of a violation of clause (ii), (iii), or (iv) of §18.2-48, or of §18.2-368, or any felony violation of the laws pertaining to commercial sex trafficking or prostitution offenses pursuant to Article 3 (§18.2-344 et seq.) of Chapter 8, with the exception of §18.2-361, shall be ordered to pay a $500 fee. All fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund to be used in accordance with §9.1-116.4.

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