Drug trafficking; 3 years shall be mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for subsequent offense. (HB968)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Penalty for subsequent offenses of drug trafficking. Provides that any person convicted of a second offense of drug trafficking who has also been previously convicted of any violent felony offense set forth in subsection C of 17.1-805 shall be fined not more than $500,000 and (i) if the maximum term of incarceration for such prior violent felony offense is less than 40 years, sentenced to an additional mandatory minimum term of incarceration of five years or (ii) if the maximum term of incarceration for such violent felony offense is 40 years or more, sentenced to serve his term of incarceration consecutively with any other sentence of incarceration. The bill also increases the mandatory minimum term of incarceration for a third such offense from five to 10 years. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101836D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB968)
01/17/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB968)
01/27/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/30/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104190D-H1
02/03/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2012Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/09/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB968H1)
02/10/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
02/10/2012Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104190D-H1
02/13/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB968H1
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (85-Y 14-N)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/22/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Committee substitute printed 12105612D-S1
02/22/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/24/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB968S1)
02/24/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB968S1)
02/28/2012Reported from Finance (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2012Read third time
03/01/2012Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105612D-S1
03/01/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB968S1
03/01/2012Passed Senate with substitute (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Placed on Calendar
03/05/2012Senate substitute rejected by House 12105612D-S1 (10-Y 86-N)
03/05/2012VOTE: REJECTED (10-Y 86-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2012House acceded to request
03/07/2012Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2012Delegates: Bell, Robert B., Morris, Sickles
03/08/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2012Senators: McDougle, Obenshain, Stuart
03/09/2012Conference report agreed to by House (75-Y 9-N)
03/09/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (75-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/15/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB968ER)
03/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB968ER)
03/15/2012Signed by Speaker
03/16/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB968ER)
03/17/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (69-Y 26-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (69-Y 26-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (14-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012Communicated to Governor
05/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 844 (effective 7/1/12)
05/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0844)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 28 minutes.