Criminal street gang; any person who by telephone solicits another is guilty of a Class 6 felony. (SB530)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patron Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Solicitation to become a gang member; penalty. Provides that any person who, by telephone or by any electronically transmitted communication producing a visual or electronic message, solicits, invites, recruits, encourages or otherwise causes or attempts to cause another to actively participate in or become a member of what he knows to be a criminal street gang is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Currently, such solicitation by any method of communication is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102027D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/20/2010Impact statement from VCSC (SB530)
01/27/2010Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2010Rereferred to Finance
02/10/2010Continued to 2011 in Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB530)