Wiretap devices; supervision and control by sheriff or chief of police. (HB1455)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave) with support from co-patron Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Supervision and control of wiretap devices.  Specifies that wiretap devices in the possession of any sheriff's office or police department shall be under the control and supervision of the sheriff or chief of police and not under his direct control. Amends § 19.2-63.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 11/22/2010 Committee
  • 11/22/2010 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100298D
  • 11/22/2010 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 01/10/2011 Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
  • 01/12/2011 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
  • 01/19/2011 Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/21/2011 Read first time
  • 01/24/2011 Read second time
  • 01/24/2011 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 01/24/2011 Engrossed by House as amended HB1455E
  • 01/24/2011 Printed as engrossed 11100298D-E
  • 01/25/2011 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
  • 01/25/2011 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/26/2011 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/26/2011 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/04/2011 Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
  • 02/14/2011 Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/15/2011 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/16/2011 Read third time
  • 02/16/2011 Reading of amendment waived
  • 02/16/2011 Committee amendment agreed to
  • 02/16/2011 Engrossed by Senate as amended
  • 02/16/2011 Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/17/2011 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/18/2011 Senate amendment agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
  • 02/18/2011 VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/24/2011 Enrolled
  • 02/24/2011 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1455ER)
  • 02/24/2011 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/24/2011 Signed by President
  • 02/26/2011 Signed by President
  • 03/16/2011 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 193 (effective 7/1/11)
  • 03/16/2011 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0193)


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 4 minutes.


stephen writes:

Why would it not be under his or hers direct control, unless the sheriff is trying to cover his or her back, should the cops get caught miss useing it.