Triggerman rule; redefinition thereof. (HB933)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from 12 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


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 »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086206516
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB933)
01/16/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/04/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2008Read first time
02/07/2008Read second time
02/07/2008Pending question ordered
02/07/2008Engrossed by House
02/08/2008Read third time and passed House (77-Y 21-N)
02/08/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (77-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to Senate
02/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2008Committee substitute printed 081559516-S1
02/14/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB933S1)
02/15/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
02/18/2008Read third time
02/18/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2008Committee substitute agreed to 081559516-S1
02/18/2008Passed by for the day
02/19/2008Read third time
02/19/2008Passed by for the day
02/20/2008Read third time
02/20/2008Passed by for the day
02/21/2008Read third time
02/21/2008Passed by for the day
02/22/2008Passed by for the day
02/25/2008Read third time
02/25/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB933S1
02/25/2008Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2008Placed on Calendar
02/27/2008Senate substitute agreed to by House 081559516-S1 (80-Y 16-N)
02/27/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (80-Y 16-N)
02/29/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB933ER)
02/29/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB933ER)
02/29/2008Signed by Speaker
03/03/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB933ER)
03/03/2008Signed by President
03/05/2008Governor's recommendation received by House
03/05/2008G Vetoed by Governor
03/06/2008Governor's veto overridden (76-Y 24-N)
03/06/2008VOTE: --- OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (76-Y 24-N)
03/06/2008Motion to reconsider override of Governor's veto agreed to
03/06/2008Governor's veto overridden (77-Y 23-N)
03/06/2008VOTE: (77-Y 23-N)
03/07/2008Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (24-Y 16-N)
03/07/2008Senate sustained Governor's veto


Jesica writes:

I have a problem with accessories before the fact being treated the same a principals in the first degree. Otherwise I would support this.