Drug trafficking; 3 years shall be mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for subsequent offense. (SB159)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patrons Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), and Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)


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 40 years or less, 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 greater than 40 years, 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


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101835D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB159)
01/17/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB159S1)
01/18/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB159)
01/25/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N)
01/25/2012Rereferred to Finance
01/30/2012Committee substitute printed 12104287D-S1
01/30/2012Substitute bill reprinted 12104287D-S1
01/30/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB159S1)
02/07/2012Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Committee substitute printed 12105080D-S2
02/08/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB159S2)
02/08/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Read second time
02/09/2012Committee substitute rejected 12104287D-S1
02/09/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105080D-S2
02/09/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB159S2
02/10/2012Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Placed on Calendar
02/15/2012Read first time
02/15/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/20/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Committee substitute printed 12105541D-H1
02/20/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/2012Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/22/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB159H1)
02/24/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB159H1)
02/29/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/29/2012Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Read second time
03/05/2012Read third time
03/05/2012Passed by for the day
03/05/2012Motion to reconsider the pass by for the day agreed to
03/05/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105541D-H1
03/05/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB159H1
03/05/2012Passed House with substitute (77-Y 19-N)
03/05/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (77-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2012House insisted on substitute
03/07/2012House requested conference committee
03/08/2012Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2012Senators: Obenshain, Garrett, Reeves
03/08/2012Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2012Delegates: Bell, Robert B, Morris, Sickles
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by House (84-Y 13-N)
03/10/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (84-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/15/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB159ER)
03/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB159ER)
03/15/2012Signed by Speaker
03/16/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB159ER)
03/17/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 710 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0710)


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 4 minutes.