VA SB5035 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)
Status: Passed on October 28 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-10-28 - Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 30 (Effective 7/1/21)
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [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 law-enforcement civilian oversight body; and (viii) undertake any other duties as reasonably necessary for the law-enforcement civilian oversight body to effectuate its lawful purpose to effectively oversee the law-enforcement agencies as authorized by the locality. Such oversight bodies are not 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. The bill also provides that a retired law-enforcement officer may serve on such law-enforcement civilian oversight body as an advisory, nonvoting ex officio member. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021, and is identical to

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Law-enforcement civilian oversight bodies; localities may establish, duties, effective date.


Roll Calls

2020-10-14 - House - House: VOTE: Agreed To (53-Y 35-N) (Y: 53 N: 35 NV: 11 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-10-14 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N) (Y: 21 N: 17 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-10-07 - Senate - Senate: Senate acceded to request (22-Y 14-N) (Y: 22 N: 14 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-10-02 - Senate - Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 37-N) (Y: 1 N: 37 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-09-25 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 46-N) (Y: 51 N: 46 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-21 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
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]


2020-10-28 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 30 (Effective 7/1/21)
2020-10-21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., October 28, 2020
2020-10-21SenateEnrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on October 21, 2020
2020-10-16HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-10-16SenateSigned by President
2020-10-16SenateBill text as passed Senate and House (SB5035ER)
2020-10-14HouseVOTE: Agreed To (53-Y 35-N)
2020-10-14HouseConference report agreed to by House (53-Y 35-N)
2020-10-14SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N)
2020-10-14SenateConference substitute printed 20201370D-S3
2020-10-14 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-10-07HouseDelegates: Herring, Price, Miyares
2020-10-07HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-10-07SenateSenators: Hashmi, McClellan, Stuart
2020-10-07SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-10-07SenateSenate acceded to request (22-Y 14-N)
2020-10-07HouseHouse requested conference committee
2020-10-07HouseHouse insisted on substitute
2020-10-02SenateHouse substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 37-N)
2020-09-25HouseVOTE: Adoption (51-Y 46-N)
2020-09-25HousePassed House with substitute (51-Y 46-N)
2020-09-25HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute SB5035H1
2020-09-25HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20201228D-H1
2020-09-25HouseRead third time
2020-09-24HouseRead second time
2020-09-21HouseCommittee substitute printed 20201228D-H1
2020-09-21HouseReported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
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

Same As/Similar To

HB5055 (Same As) 2020-10-28 - Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 29 (effective 7/1/21)

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

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