Triggerman rule; eliminated. (HB782)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from 13 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Vince Callahan (R-McLean), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Terrie Suit (R-Virginia Beach), Del. John Welch (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elimination of the triggerman rule. Eliminates the "triggerman rule," which provides that only the actual perpetrator of a capital murder is eligible for the death penalty, and that accessories and principals in the second degree can only be punished with first degree murder. Read the Bill »


03/06/2006: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 066144306
01/10/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2006Fiscal impact statement from VCSC (HB782)
01/18/2006Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Criminal Law
02/06/2006Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 1-N)
02/08/2006Read first time
02/09/2006Passed by for the day
02/10/2006Read second time and engrossed
02/13/2006Read third time and passed House (83-Y 16-N)
02/13/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (83-Y 16-N)
02/13/2006Communicated to Senate
02/14/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/06/2006Continued to 2007 in Courts of Justice with letter (15-Y 0-N)
03/06/2006Letter sent to Crime Commission