Shoplifting and employee theft; merchant allowed to recover damages under certain circumstances. (HB961)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Shoplifting and employee theft; civil action.  Provides that a civil action for shoplifting or employee theft may be initiated or maintained by a merchant even though a criminal action for the same conduct has been initiated. A merchant may not recover more than once for the same loss if both criminal and civil actions are initiated. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102294D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2012Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/23/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Committee substitute printed 12104805D-H1
02/01/2012Read first time
02/02/2012Read second time
02/02/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104805D-H1
02/02/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB961H1
02/03/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Committee substitute printed 12105466D-S1
02/21/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Read third time
02/22/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105466D-S1
02/22/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB961S1
02/22/2012Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Placed on Calendar
02/24/2012Senate substitute agreed to by House 12105466D-S1 (96-Y 1-N)
02/24/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
02/24/2012Senate substitute agreed to by House 12105466D-S1 (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2012VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB961ER)
03/01/2012Signed by Speaker
03/03/2012Signed by President
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 526 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0526)


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 1 minute.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB281.