Expert witness; eliminates prohibition against compensating in certain criminal cases. (SB251)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patrons Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), and Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Criminal procedure; compensation of expert witness. Eliminates the prohibition against compensating psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, or other experts who are employed by the Commonwealth and are appointed by the court to render professional service in trials involving an insanity defense or after conviction in a case in which the offense indicates sexual abnormality. The bill limits such compensation to that which is for professional services rendered during nonstate hours and approved by the expert's employing agency as being beyond the scope of the expert's state employment duties. Read the Bill »


03/23/2006: signed by governor


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 062409136
01/10/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
01/23/2006Rereferred to Finance
02/02/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB251)
02/07/2006Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N)
02/08/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006Read second time
02/09/2006Reading of amendments waived
02/09/2006Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended SB251E
02/09/2006Printed as engrossed 062409136-E
02/10/2006Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006Communicated to House
02/14/2006Placed on Calendar
02/14/2006Read first time
02/14/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2006Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/17/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB251E)
02/17/2006Reported from Courts of Justice (19-Y 0-N)
02/21/2006Read second time
02/22/2006Read third time
02/22/2006Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/22/2006VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
03/01/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB251ER)
03/01/2006Signed by Speaker
03/02/2006Signed by President
03/08/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB251ER)
03/23/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 170 (effective 7/1/06)
03/31/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0170)