Child abduction; money, property, etc., owned by person are subject to lawful seizure, etc. (HB2361)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


  Child abduction.  Provides that a chief judge shall designate a judge to hear and dispose of proceedings in which a person seeks enforcement of an order for the return of a child under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The bill also makes it a duty of the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse to maintain close liaison with the National Crime Information Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the exchange of information on children suspected of international travel. Furthermore, the bill makes property used to further the abduction subject to lawful seizure and forfeiture. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102905D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2011Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/26/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/31/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Committee substitute printed 11104760D-H1
02/02/2011Read first time
02/03/2011Read second time
02/03/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104760D-H1
02/03/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2361H1
02/04/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2011Read third time
02/14/2011Reading of amendments waived
02/14/2011Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2011Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/14/2011Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Placed on Calendar
02/16/2011Senate amendments agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/16/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Signed by Speaker
02/22/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2361ER)
02/23/2011Signed by President
03/10/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB2361ER)
03/26/2011Governor's recommendation received by House
04/05/2011Placed on Calendar
04/06/2011House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 0-N)
04/06/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/06/2011Reenrolled bill text (HB2361ER2)
04/06/2011Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/06/2011Signed by President as reenrolled
04/06/2011Enacted, Chapter 818 (effective 7/1/11)
04/06/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0818)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Brandy Bond writes:

My colleague, Karl Hindle and I proposed this very important bill. International child abduction is a serious crime that needs to be prevented and have a more successful and speedy recovery. Our bill could do just that by having an educated pool of judges to hear these special cases, seizure of assets of the abductor if an abduction takes place, and a better reporting system to ensure that the abduction is reported to national and federal agencies such as the NCMEC and NCIC. Please contact your local delegates and senators and ask them to vote yes for this important bill!

Nicholas James writes:

Is the unconstitutional Uniform Child Abduction Prevention act dead in your state?