Claims; Thomas Edward Haynesworth. (SB41)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Claims; Thomas Edward Haynesworth.  Provides relief in the amount of $796,428 to Thomas Edward Haynesworth, who was incarcerated for 27 years from 1984 until 2011 after being convicted of crimes of rape, sodomy, abduction with intent to defile, attempted robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  The convictions were for crimes in three different cases. Mr. Haynesworth has been issued a writ of actual innocence for all convictions in all of the cases.  The relief would be paid as follows: (i) an initial lump sum of $159,286 to be paid within the 60 business days immediately following the execution of a release by Mr. Haynesworth from any present or future claims he may have and (ii) the sum of $637,142 to purchase an annuity for the primary benefit of Mr. Haynesworth with the terms of such annuity structured in Mr. Haynesworth's best interests based on consultation between Mr. Haynesworth or his representatives, the State Treasurer, and other necessary parties.  The annuity would be purchased before October 1, 2012. In addition, the bill entitles Mr. Haynesworth to receive up to $10,000 for tuition for career and technical training within the Virginia Community College System.

The total amount of the relief was computed pursuant to the statutory provisions of 8.01-195.11. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/03/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100105D
  • 01/03/2012 Referred to Committee on Finance
  • 02/08/2012 Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/08/2012 Committee substitute printed 12105056D-S1
  • 02/09/2012 Incorporates SB649
  • 02/09/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/10/2012 Read second time
  • 02/10/2012 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/10/2012 Committee substitute agreed to 12105056D-S1
  • 02/10/2012 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB41S1
  • 02/13/2012 Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/15/2012 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/15/2012 Read first time
  • 02/15/2012 Referred to Committee on Appropriations
  • 02/17/2012 Assigned App. sub: Technology Oversight & Government Activities
  • 02/28/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
  • 02/29/2012 Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/29/2012 Committee substitute printed 12105711D-H1
  • 03/02/2012 Read second time
  • 03/05/2012 Read third time
  • 03/05/2012 Committee substitute agreed to 12105711D-H1
  • 03/05/2012 Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB41H1
  • 03/05/2012 Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
  • 03/05/2012 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/05/2012 Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
  • 03/05/2012 Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
  • 03/05/2012 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/06/2012 Passed by temporarily
  • 03/06/2012 Passed by for the day
  • 03/07/2012 House substitute rejected by Senate (2-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/08/2012 House insisted on substitute
  • 03/08/2012 House requested conference committee
  • 03/08/2012 Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/08/2012 Conferees appointed by Senate
  • 03/08/2012 Senators: Marsh, Newman, Vogel
  • 03/08/2012 Conferees appointed by House
  • 03/08/2012 Delegates: Massie, Peace, Dance
  • 03/10/2012 Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
  • 03/10/2012 VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/10/2012 Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/15/2012 Enrolled
  • 03/15/2012 Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB41ER)
  • 03/15/2012 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/17/2012 Signed by President
  • 04/04/2012 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 611 (effective 7/1/12)
  • 04/04/2012 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0611)


This bill mentions Henrico, Richmond.


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.