Controlled substances; law-enforcement officer's testimony regarding field-test identification. (HB1376)

Introduced By

Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Testimony regarding field-test identification of controlled substances. Provides that any law-enforcement officer shall be permitted to testify as to results of field tests approved by the Department of Forensic Science regarding identification of a substance at issue in a preliminary hearing on a violation of subdivision 6 of 53.1-203 (possession of drugs by an inmate). Under current law, this provision applies to only violations of Article 1 ( 18.2-247 et seq.) of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2 (drug crimes). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102262D
12/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/09/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/16/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1376)
01/18/2013Read first time
01/21/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/22/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/22/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Read third time
02/11/2013Passed by for the day
02/12/2013Read third time
02/12/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1376ER)
02/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1376ER)
02/18/2013Signed by Speaker
02/19/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 60 (effective 7/1/13)
03/05/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0060)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 45 seconds.