Juvenile law; makes changes in code pertaining to juveniles and juvenile court provisions. (SB1149)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Juvenile code. Makes various clarifying changes in code sections pertaining to juveniles and juvenile court provisions. The bill specifies that the statutory deferred disposition provisions for underage possession of alcohol apply only to adults, since the law pertaining to juveniles already allows deferred dispositions, allows juvenile probation officers to keep relevant photographs in their files, provides that a guardian ad litem of a child may file a petition alleging that the child is in need of services or supervision, specifies that a petition must be filed (rather than proceeding informally) if the offense for which the juvenile had been previously adjudicated delinquent would be a felony if committed by an adult, removes references to juvenile boot camps because they do not exist and provides that a petition may be filed for assault and battery against a family or household member. The bill also repeals two sections (protective orders in cases of family abuse and exception as to confidentiality) and reinserts the same language in the Code in renumbered sections. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090705838
01/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/23/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1149)
02/04/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Committee substitute printed 090928248-S1
02/06/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090928248-S1
02/09/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1149S1
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/17/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1149S1)
02/18/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Committee substitute printed 090955248-H1
02/24/2009Read second time
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090955248-H1
02/25/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1149H1
02/25/2009Passed House with substitute (91-Y 5-N)
02/25/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (91-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Title replaced 090955248-H1
03/09/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1149ER)
03/09/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1149ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 726 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0726)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


L.L. writes:

Juvenile intake does occasionally divert kids with felonies (with police agreement) because of the circumstances. There is absolutely no reason to take this out of the hands of intake officers. Diversion contracts include what the kid is supposed to do to avoid being brought back to intake. There is already a provision for kids to be sent to court if they aren’t compliant with diversion requirements.

This bill will result in heavier court dockets and more juveniles on probation when appropriate services would suffice. We need to stop taking daily decisions out of the hands of probation officers and judges who know the circumstances and what services exist in their communities.