Street gangs; punishment for defacing or destroying any war memorial. (HB1896)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Del. John Welch (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Punishment for defacing or destroying any war memorial. Provides that punishment for any person who defaces or destroys any war memorial at the direction of, for the benefit of, or in clear association with any criminal street gang, as defined in 18.2-46.1, shall include a mandatory minimum term of incarceration of 10 days. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078350204
01/04/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/17/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1896)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

What the...?

There's so much about this that's strange that I hardly know where to start. Why a war memorial -- why not any memorial or, in fact, public property? Why gangs? Why not just anybody?

This is just bizarre.