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VACP 2014 Virginia General Assembly Pre-Session Report

January 1, 2014 | VACP

The 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 8, 2014. A number of bills and study resolutions have been pre-filed, but many more legislative proposals will be introduced before the session gets underway. The VACP and VACLEA have sorted through the pre-filed proposals as of January 1, 2014, and the ones of key interest to Virginia law enforcement are listed below.

Each bill is hyper-linked to the Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS).  Just click on the bill number preceding the bill description, and it will take you to the full bill, along with the patron’s name and committee assignment.  You can follow the progress of each of these bills throughout the session by monitoring their pages in LIS at

The VACP and VACLEA will select a key list of the most important legislation to track throughout the session to keep you apprised of their progress.  If the bill you are interested in does not appear on our “close monitoring” list, please let us know so we can consider it for inclusion.  There are many bills introduced each session that potentially could impact public safety, and as the session progresses, you will see duplicate and similar bills consolidated into one legislative bill, and others will fail in committee action early in the session.

We will include regular legislative updates in the VACP weekly newsletter, and post additional legislative information on the VACP’s legislative resources page at  We also recommend that you subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter at

During the session, we will keep you apprised of committee hearings where the most crucial public safety legislation will be heard, and let you know when attendance by law enforcement leaders will be critical to the outcome of the legislation.  It is important that you answer the call to appear, as your expert testimony definitely will have an impact on legislative action.  If you have questions during the session, please do not hesitate to contact VACP/VACLEA Executive Director Dana Schrad by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or cell phone at 804-338-9512 (NOT the VACP office phone!).

Thank you — we appreciate your support and involvement in Virginia’s legislative process to ensure that public safety and Virginia law enforcement is represented and heard.

Dana Schrad, Executive Director
Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
CEO, Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation

PRE-FILED BILLS OF NOTE (As of January 1, 2014)

  • HB 1 Sexual and Domestic Violence Subfund; funding of sexual and domestic violence prevention, etc.
  • HB 8 Concealed handgun permits; decreases local law-enforcement background investigation fee.
  • HB 13 Telecommunications providers; notices of data releases to federal agencies.
  • HB 17 Cellular telephone, etc.; warrant requirement if used as tracking device & obtaining location data.
  • HB 21 School boards; employee firearms training.
  • HB 23 Warning lights on certain vehicles; members of fire depts., etc., may use no more than 2 systems.
  • HB 26 Electronic cigarettes; prohibit purchase, etc., by minors.
  • HB 27 Vehicle weight limits; extensions apply also to interstates designated as state primary highways.
  • HB 29 Budget Bill.
  • HB 30 Budget Bill.
  • HB 43 Federal firearms laws; enforcement.
  • HB 48 Firearms; possession following conviction of certain crimes, penalty.
  • HB 49 Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another; person is guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • HB 50 Search warrants; examination of object, thing, or person seized may be done in any jurisdiction.
  • HB 51 Speed limits; prohibits driving at less than posted maximum speed in left-most lanes on Interstate.
  • HB 56 Multi-jurisdiction grand juries; numerous changes to laws governing.
  • HB 61 Firearms; purchase and sale of rifles or shotguns, penalties.
  • HB 66 School resource officers; local school board to place officer in each public school.
  • HB 79 Suicide; abolishes common-law crime.
  • HB 82 Drivers following too closely; includes non-motor vehicles.
  • HB 92 License plates, special; issuance to members and supporters of Law Enforcement United.
  • HB 93 Employment applications; inquiries regarding criminal arrests, charges, or convictions, penalty.
  • HB 96 Suspended or revoked license; person who drives motor vehicle and causes death of another person.
  • HB 100 Concealed handgun permits; references to issuance of handgun before July 1, 2008.
  • HB 101 Auxiliary police officers, mounted; training requirements.
  • HB 102 State legislative buildings; prohibits possession of weapons in buildings except by certain persons.
  • HB 111 Assault and battery; conspiracy to commit is Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • HB 112 Search warrant; affidavit filed by law-enforcement officer.
  • HB 114 Private or religious schools; possession of firearm, etc., on school property.
  • HB 116 Traffic light photo-monitoring; amends provisions related to implementation of systems.
  • HB 122 Autocycle; defines a new class of vehicle and provides for examination of drivers, fees, etc.
  • HB 123 Petroleum transport vehicles; amber warning lights allowed when parked or delivering products.
  • HB 127 Muzzleloading pistols; persons allowed to hunt big game with pistols in certain seasons.
  • HB 129 Explosive material; method of ignition.
  • HB 138 Magistrates; authorized to exercise powers regarding search warrants throughout Commonwealth.
  • HB 150 Jail authorities; sovereign immunity.
  • HB 152 Department of State Police; variable housing allowance.
  • HB 160 Reckless driving; speeding.
  • HB 164 Background checks of applicants of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
  • HB 166 Salvage vehicles.
  • HB 171 Crime victim rights; offenses by juveniles.
  • HB 173 Search of electronic device without warrant prohibited.
  • HB 174 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; administrative investigations, local inspectors general.
  • HB 176 Towing and recovery operator; requirements for certification.
  • HB 181 Virginia Retirement System; collection of overpayments to retirees and beneficiaries.
  • HB 182 Retirement benefits for local employees.
  • HB 186 Drugs and paraphernalia forfeited to law enforcement.
  • HB 193 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; participation in meetings, emergency or personal matters.
  • HB 195 Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; VSP to establish supplement (Robby's Rule).
  • HB 206 Four-year public institutions of higher ed; mental health resources, online modules and assessment.
  • HB 212 Driving while holding pet.
  • HB 214 Farm vehicles and antique vehicles registration.
  • HB 216 Alcoholic beverage control.
  • HB 218 Purchase, etc., of tobacco products by minors; vapor products.
  • HB 220 Driving while intoxicated; refusal of blood or breath tests.
  • HB 232 Immediate sanction probation program; expansion.
  • HB 235 Sex Offender & Crimes Against Minors Registry Act; amends to add solicitation of prostitution.
  • HB 241 Temporary detention; time during which a person may be held.
  • HB 242 Emergency custody orders; duration; extension.
  • HB 243 Temporary detention order; facility of detention.
  • HB 244 Grand larceny; threshold.
  • HB 255 "Photo-red" traffic light enforcement systems.
  • HB 256 Department of State Police; variable housing allowance.
  • HB 257 Use or display of firearm in committing felony; penalty.
  • HB 267 Special license plates; Law Enforcement United.
  • HB 277 Pedestrians crossing highways.
  • HB 278 Expungement of juvenile and domestic relations district court records.
  • HB 279 Mandatory judicial retirement.
  • HB 285 Emergency protective orders; arrests for certain offenses.
  • HJ 4 Federal government's domestic surveillance programs; joint subcommittee to study.
  • HJ 5 Virginia's ethics laws; joint subcommittee to study laws governing public officials.
  • HJ 26 Law-enforcement agencies; JLARC to study reorganizing functions under Virginia State Police.
  • HR 7 House of Delegates; establishing a rule that prohibits firearms on floor of House of Delegates.
  • SB 4 Sexual and Domestic Violence Subfund; funding of sexual and domestic violence prevention, etc.
  • SB 6 DNA; adds certain crimes to list for which a sample must be taken upon arrest.
  • SB 8 Tow truck drivers; registration after conviction of violent crimes.
  • SB 17 Electronic cigarettes; minors may not purchase or possess.
  • SB 22 Suicide; abolishes common-law crime.
  • SB 24 Downtown and Midtown Tunnels; use by law enforcement, school buses, emergency medical vehicles, etc.
  • SB 29 Budget Bill.
  • SB 30 Budget Bill.
  • SB 31 Methamphetamine cleanup; certification that building is safe for human occupancy.
  • SB 32 Animal Cruelty Registry; established.
  • SB 37 Conservation police officers; appointment by Director of Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
  • SB 39 Firearms; criminal history record information check on transferee; penalties.
  • SB 40 Personal Information Privacy Act; use of driver's license information.
  • SB 41 Assault and battery; conspiracy to commit is Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • SB 61 Distribution of handbills, solicitation of contributions, etc., on highways.
  • SB 65 Brendon's Law; celebratory gunfire; penalty.
  • SB 71 Emergency protective orders; arrests for certain offenses.
  • SB 78 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exemption for administrative investigations.
  • SB 93 Publication of unlawful photographs; venue.
  • SB 96 Purchase, etc., of tobacco products by minors; vapor products.
  • SB 97 Minimum clearance for passing bicycles, etc.
  • SB 99 State Police maintenance of reports; traffic accidents.
  • SB 101 Life insurance for retired state employees.
  • SB 102 Life insurance for retired state employees.
  • SB 103 Retired state employees; health insurance credit.
  • SB 109 Virginia Retirement System; health insurance credit.
  • SB 110 Unemployment compensation; short-time compensation program.
  • SB 111 Expungement of criminal conviction record.
  • SB 115 Temporary detention; time during which a person may be held.
  • SJ 16 Study; mental health and the criminal justice system; report.