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. Amends § 16.1-69.35, § 17.1-501, § 19.2-386.16, § 19.2-386.32, § 52-33, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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