Magistrates; power to issue felony arrest warrants. (SB782)

Introduced By

Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Power of magistrates to issue felony arrest warrants.  Provides that a magistrate may not issue an arrest warrant for a felony offense upon the basis of a citizen complaint without prior authorization from the attorney for the Commonwealth or a law-enforcement agency in his jurisdiction. Currently, the magistrate need only consult with the attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement agency.

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Bill Has Passed


12/27/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100937D
12/27/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2011Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/19/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2011Committee substitute printed 11104250D-S1
01/21/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2011Read second time
01/24/2011Reading of substitute waived
01/24/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104250D-S1
01/24/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB782S1
01/25/2011Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/07/2011Placed on Calendar
02/07/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/21/2011Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011Read second time
02/24/2011Read third time
02/24/2011Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/24/2011Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2011VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB782ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/06/2011Signed by President
03/16/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 223 (effective 7/1/11)
03/16/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0223)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 30 seconds.