Gangs; definition of predicate criminal act to determine membership therein. (HB2524)

Introduced By

Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Predicate criminal acts necessary for criminal gang member status. Removes the requirement that one of the predicate criminal acts necessary for determining membership in a criminal street gang be a violent felony. Adds "felony involving the use of a firearm or other weapon" to the list of acts that qualify as predicate criminal acts. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078902342
01/09/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2524)
01/17/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/22/2007Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2007Committee substitute printed 077799342-H1
01/23/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2524H1)
01/24/2007Assigned App. sub: Public Safety (Sherwood)
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077799342-H1
02/05/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2524H1
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2007Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2524ER)
02/22/2007Signed by Speaker
02/23/2007Signed by President
02/28/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2524ER)
03/14/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2524ER)
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 499 (effective 7/1/07)
03/27/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0499)


Aaron Cook writes:

By striking the phrase "at least one of which is an act of violence," this bill would drastically broaden the pool of kids who would be prosecuted for "gang" crimes subject to severe punishments. Such an amendment would unnecessarily catapult wannabe pimply-faced teens from lousy graffiti artists to felons facing serious prison time. Real street gangs - the gangs the government has told us we need to be afraid of - are violent. Wannabes do not need enhanced punishment for mere property damage; the standard punishments for their crimes should suffice.