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VAHB2312PassMarijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties. Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and imposes lim...
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2021-04-07
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0551)
VASB1406PassMarijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties. Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and imposes lim...
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2021-04-07
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0550)
VAHB2167PassParole; notice and certification; monthly reports; discretionary early consideration. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall set the release date for an inmate granted discretionary parole or conditional release no sooner than 30 business ...
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2021-04-07
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0545)
VASB1122PassHabitual offenders; repeal. Repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also requires that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles reinstate a person's privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended or ...
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2021-03-31
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0463)
VAHB2010PassEarned sentence credits. Contains a technical amendment. This bill is declarative of existing law. Earned sentence credits. Contains a technical amendment. This bill is declarative of existing law.
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2021-03-25
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0389)
VASB1165PassAbolition of the death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. The bill provides that no person may be sentenced to death or put to death on or after its effective date for any violation of ...
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2021-03-24
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0345)
VAHB2263PassAbolition of the death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. The bill provides that no person may be sentenced to death or put to death on or after its effective date for any violation of ...
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2021-03-24
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0344)
VAHB2223PassDepartment of the Treasury and State Treasurer; bonds. Eliminates language that directs certain officers and board members to procure individual surety bonds mandated by current law when such officers and board members are already covered under bondi...
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2021-03-18
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0152)
VASB1397PassParole and conditional release of geriatric or terminally ill inmates; notice to attorney for the Commonwealth. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall set the release date for an inmate granted discretionary parole or conditional release n...
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2021-03-18
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0287)
VAHB1874PassBehavioral health services in local correctional facilities. Requires the Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board) to include in its minimum standards for behavioral health services in local correction facilities requirements for (i) referral of...
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2021-03-18
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0179)
VASB1125Engross

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Parole Board; notice to victim. Requires the Parole Board, within seven days of making any decision regarding the parole of a prisoner, to provide written or electronic notice of such decision to the victim of the crime for which the prisoner was inc...
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2021-03-01
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB1301Engross

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Correctional facilities; use of isolated confinement. Prohibits the use of isolated confinement in state correctional facilities and juvenile correctional centers, subject to certain exceptions. Isolated confinement is defined in the bill as confinem...
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2021-03-01
To House Appropriations Committee
VASB1104Engross

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Parole; notice and certification; monthly reports. Provides that the Department of Corrections 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 attorne...
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2021-03-01
Failed to pass
VASB1443Engross

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Elimination of mandatory minimum sentences; modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term of confinement for felony offenses. Eliminates all mandatory minimum sentences of confinement from the Code of Virginia. The bill directs the Secretary of ...
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2021-03-01
Failed to pass
VASB1363Engross

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Board of Local and Regional Jails; powers and duties. Restores the authority of the State Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board) to (i) ensure the development of long-range policies, programs, and plans for corrections services provided at the...
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2021-03-01
To House Public Safety Committee
VASB1104Engross

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Parole; notice and certification; monthly reports. Provides that the Department of Corrections 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 attorne...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
VASB1122Engross

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Habitual offenders; repeal. Repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also requires that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles reinstate a person's privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended or ...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
VASB1165Engross

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Abolition of the death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. The bill provides that no person may be sentenced to death or put to death on or after its effective date for any violation of ...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
VASB1125Engross

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Parole Board; notice to victim. Requires the Parole Board, within seven days of making any decision regarding the parole of a prisoner, to provide written or electronic notice of such decision to the victim of the crime for which the prisoner was inc...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
VASB1301Engross

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Correctional facilities; use of isolated confinement. Prohibits the use of isolated confinement in state correctional facilities and juvenile correctional centers, subject to certain exceptions. Isolated confinement is defined in the bill as confinem...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Public Safety by voice vote
VASB1363Engross

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Board of Local and Regional Jails; powers and duties. Restores the authority of the State Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board) to (i) ensure the development of long-range policies, programs, and plans for corrections services provided at the...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Public Safety by voice vote
VASB1397Engross

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Conditional release of geriatric or terminally ill inmates; notice to attorney for the Commonwealth. Requires the Virginia Parole Board to notify by certified mail or verifiable electronic means at least 21 business days prior to conditional release ...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
VASB1406Engross

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Marijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties. Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and provides for an automatic expungement process for those convicted ...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in General Laws by voice vote
VASB1443Engross

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Elimination of mandatory minimum sentences; modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term of confinement for felony offenses. Eliminates all mandatory minimum sentences of confinement from the Code of Virginia. The bill directs the Secretary of ...
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2021-02-08
Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
VAHB1761Intro

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Parole; investigation prior to release. Provides that the Parole Board shall contact the victim prior to making any decision to release any inmate on discretionary parole. The bill provides that the term "victim" includes a spouse, parent, sibling, o...
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2021-02-05
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB1762Intro

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Parole; monthly report. Requires that the monthly report issued by the Virginia Parole Board regarding actions taken on the parole of prisoners includes the offenses of which prisoners considered for parole were convicted, the jurisdictions in which ...
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2021-02-05
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB1779Intro

Sine Die
Abolition of the death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence.
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2021-02-05
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB1874Engross

Sine Die
Behavioral health assessments in local correctional facilities. Provides that the State Board of Local and Regional Jails, in establishing the minimum standards for behavioral health services in local correctional facilities, shall include a requirem...
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2021-02-05
Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
VAHB2011Intro

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Parole; investigation prior to release; notice to victim. Requires the Parole Board to contact all victims of a crime for which a prisoner is incarcerated and eligible for parole and notify them that they may request that the Board only notify the vi...
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2021-02-05
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB2010Engross

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Earned sentence credits; revocation of suspended sentence. Clarifies that sentences for certain crimes that as of July 1, 2022, will be subject to a maximum of 4.5 earned sentence credits for each 30 days served include a suspended sentence that is r...
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2021-02-05
Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
VAHB2141Intro

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Parole; investigation prior to release. Requires the Parole Board to contact the victim, replacing the current requirement to "endeavor diligently" to contact the victim, prior to making any decision to release any inmate on discretionary parole and ...
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2021-02-05
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB2223Engross

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Department of the Treasury and State Treasurer; bonds. Eliminates language that directs certain officers and board members to procure individual surety bonds mandated by current law when such officers and board members are already covered under bondi...
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2021-02-05
Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N)
VAHB2263Engross

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Abolition of the death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence.
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2021-02-05
Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N)
VAHB2309Intro

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Condition of parole; Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; penalty. Requires any person released on parole who was convicted of murder or any Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III offense prior to July 1, 1994, who is not required to be registered ...
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2021-02-05
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB2167Engross

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Parole; notice and certification; monthly reports; discretionary early consideration. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall set the release date for an inmate granted discretionary parole or conditional release no sooner than 30 business ...
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2021-02-05
Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
VAHB2303Intro

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Possession of controlled substances; penalties. Reduces the penalty for possession of a Schedule I or II Possession of controlled substances; penalties. Reduces the penalty for possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance from a Class 5 felo...
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2021-02-05
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB2312Engross

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Marijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties. Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and provides for an automatic expungement process for those convicted ...
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2021-02-05
Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
VAHB2325Intro

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Creation of Office of the Department of Corrections Creation of Office of the Department of Corrections Ombudsman. Creates the Office of the Department of Corrections Ombudsman (the Office). The bill enumerates the duties and powers of the Office, wh...
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2021-02-05
To House Appropriations Committee
VASB1232Intro

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Conditional release of geriatric prisoners; exceptions. Prohibits persons serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction of murder in the first or second degree or murder of a pregnant woman, if the offense resulting in such conviction occurred on or a...
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2021-01-29
Passed by indefinitely in Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 6-N)
VASB1370Intro

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Application 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 requires the Virginia Parole Board to establish procedures for consideration of p...
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2021-01-29
Passed by indefinitely in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
VASB1244Intro

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Civil commitment of sexually violent predators. Repeals sections of the Code of Virginia authorizing civil commitment of sexually violent predators.
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2021-01-27
Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary with letter (12-Y 0-N)
VASB1179Intro

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Corrections Private Management Act; name change; private management prohibited. Removes the authority of the Director of the Department of Corrections, pursuant to the Corrections Private Management Act (the Act), to enter into contracts with prison ...
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2021-01-15
Failed to report (defeated) in Rehabilitation and Social Services (3-Y 11-N)
VASB1293Intro

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Parole Board; monthly reports. Requires that statements issued by the Virginia Parole Board regarding actions taken on the parole of prisoners (i) be published within 30 days of such actions and (ii) include the name of each prisoner considered for p...
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2021-01-15
Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services
VAHB1543Intro

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Minimum wage and workers' compensation; inmates as employees. Requires the entity that operates the correctional facility at which an inmate performs labor to be paid therefor at a rate not less than the Commonwealth's minimum wage. The measure also ...
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2020-12-04
To House Labor and Commerce Committee
VAHB87Intro

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Marijuana; legalization of simple marijuana possession; Marijuana; legalization of simple marijuana possession; penalties. Eliminates criminal penalties for possession of marijuana for persons who are 21 years of age or older. The bill also decrimina...
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2020-12-04
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB996Intro

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Parole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes. Provides that an incarcerated person is eligible 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. C...
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2020-12-04
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB250Intro

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Juvenile offenders; parole. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 25 years of such sentence and...
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2020-12-04
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VASB624Engross

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Conditional release of geriatric prisoners. Allows any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who (i) is 55 years of age or older and has served at least 15 years of the sentence imposed...
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2020-12-04
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB1224Intro

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Conditional release of geriatric prisoners; exceptions. Prohibits persons serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction of murder in the first degree or a sexually violent offense, if the offense resulting in such conviction occurred on or after July ...
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2020-12-04
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB281Engross

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Prisoners; medical care. Eliminates the Department of Corrections prisoner co-payment program for nonemergency health care services.
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2020-12-04
To Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee
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