Slayer statute; insurance company not liable for policies acquired by slayer of decedent. (HB949)

Introduced By

Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Slayer statute. Amends the definition of "slayer" to include a person who is not convicted of murder, but who is determined, either before or after his death, by a court to have murdered the decedent by a preponderance of the evidence. The bill also provides that transferees or assignees claiming through a slayer cannot acquire property or benefits as a result of the slaying. The bill also eliminates a provision that absolved insurance companies from any liability on a life insurance policy for a decedent that was procured and paid for by the slayer. The bill also provides that the slayer statute does not serve to abrogate any common law right or remedy that prevent a slayer from profiting from his crime. The bill also makes several clarifying amendments to the slayer statute. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087072440
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/01/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Read first time
02/06/2008Read second time
02/06/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB949E
02/06/2008Printed as engrossed 087072440-E
02/07/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/07/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Communicated to Senate
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/20/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/21/2008Committee substitute printed 080293560-S1
02/22/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Read third time
02/25/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080293560-S1
02/25/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB949S1
02/25/2008Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008Placed on Calendar
02/27/2008Senate substitute rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
02/27/2008VOTE: --- REJECTED (0-Y 97-N)
02/29/2008Passed by for the day
03/03/2008Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2008House acceded to request
03/04/2008Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2008Delegates: Iaquinto, Gilbert, Toscano
03/05/2008Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2008Senators: Petersen, Deeds, Cuccinelli
03/07/2008Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to
03/07/2008Conference substitute printed 089620560-H1
03/07/2008Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
03/07/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N)
03/07/2008Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by House
03/07/2008Passed by for the day
03/08/2008Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 1-N)
03/08/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 1-N)
03/08/2008Reading of conference report waived
03/08/2008Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/24/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB949ER)
03/24/2008Signed by Speaker
03/26/2008Signed by President
04/11/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 822 (effective 7/1/08)