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. Amends § 18.2-248, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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