Capital murder; adds fire marshals, etc., to statute so death sentence can be imposed. (HB166)

Introduced By

Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Capital murder; auxiliary law-enforcement officers, fire marshals and assistant fire marshals, and EMS personnel; penalty.  Adds auxiliary law-enforcement officers, EMS personnel, and fire marshals and assistant fire marshals with law-enforcement powers to the capital murder statute so that the death sentence can be imposed for their murder. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101043D
01/06/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2010Impact statement from VCSC (HB166)
01/13/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
01/27/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2010Committee substitute printed 10104245D-H1
01/28/2010Impact statement from VCSC (HB166H1)
01/29/2010Read first time
02/01/2010Passed by for the day
02/02/2010Read second time
02/02/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104245D-H1
02/02/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute (71-Y 24-N) HB166H1
02/02/2010VOTE: --- ENGROSSMENT (71-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Read third time and passed House (75-Y 23-N)
02/03/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (75-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/08/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Read third time
03/10/2010Reading of amendments waived
03/10/2010Committee amendments agreed to
03/10/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/10/2010Passed Senate with amendments (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Passed Senate with amendments (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Placed on Calendar
03/11/2010Senate amendments agreed to by House (75-Y 21-N)
03/11/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (75-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB166ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB166ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 399 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0399)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 14 minutes.


jennifer robledo writes:

what will change with this bill ? how much would it cost ,

Waldo Jaquith writes:

According to the Fiscal Impact Statement, the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission believes that it won't cost least over the next six years, the window of time used for these assessments:

Offenders who may be affected by this proposal can currently be convicted of first degree murder, a Class 2 felony carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison. Nearly all offenders convicted of first degree murder receive sentences in excess of six years. Therefore, any potential impact associated with additional offenders being given life sentences would occur beyond the six-year forecast window required by § 30-19.1:4. The potential impact, if any, associated with increased death penalty cases may lead to a reduction in prison beds needed, as some offenders given the death penalty are executed within six years of their sentence.

Bethany Scott writes:

the only thing about this law...all death penalty cases, is that it is a known fact that Prosecuting Attorneys like to lie/withhold and twist things around to their winning a case is some kind of "game" to them! I don't think anyone stands the chance of a fair and truthful trial these days so therefore adding this new law just increases the chances of executing more innocent people!