Sex crimes; penalties for offender who is 18 or older for rape, etc. of child under age 13. (HB973)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), and Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex crimes; penalties.  Imposes a mandatory minimum life sentence for rape, forcible sodomy, and object sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13.


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103705D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB973)
02/01/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/01/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 2-N)
02/01/2012Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB973)
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104557D-H1
02/03/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2012Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/07/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB973H1)
02/10/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/10/2012Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104557D-H1
02/13/2012Amendments by Delegate Watts rejected (15-Y 70-N)
02/13/2012VOTE: REJECTED (15-Y 70-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB973H1
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (88-Y 11-N)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 11-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 12105610D-S1
02/22/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/24/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB973S1)
02/28/2012Reported from Finance (11-Y 4-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 12105610D-S1
03/01/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB973S1
03/01/2012Passed Senate with substitute (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Placed on Calendar
03/05/2012Senate substitute rejected by House 12105610D-S1 (9-Y 88-N)
03/05/2012VOTE: REJECTED (9-Y 88-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 1-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., Albo, Spruill
03/08/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2012Senators: Stuart, Reeves, Garrett
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by House (83-Y 12-N)
03/10/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (83-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Conference substitute printed 12105963D-H2
03/10/2012Passed by temporarily
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB973H2)
03/15/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB973ER)
03/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB973ER)
03/15/2012Signed by Speaker
03/16/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB973ER)
03/17/2012Signed by President
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 605 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0605)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB436.