Magistrates; issuance of felony arrest warrants. (HB1874)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Power of magistrates to issue felony arrest warrants. Provides that no magistrate may issue an arrest warrant upon the basis of a citizen complaint, for a felony offense, without prior authorization from the attorney for the Commonwealth or from a law-enforcement agency in his jurisdiction, unless the person who is to be issued the warrant has already been placed under arrest by a law-enforcement officer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098295472
01/12/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/19/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
01/21/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2009Committee substitute printed 090891472-H1
01/23/2009Read first time
01/26/2009Read second time
01/26/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090891472-H1
01/26/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1874H1
01/27/2009Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N)
01/27/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2009Read third time
02/16/2009Reading of amendments waived
02/16/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/16/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/16/2009Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2009Placed on Calendar
02/18/2009Senate amendments agreed to by House (92-Y 6-N)
02/18/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (92-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1874ER)
02/24/2009Signed by Speaker
02/25/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 344 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0344)