Impersonating a law-enforcement officer or other public safety personnel; impersonating, penalty. (HB1955)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Impersonating a law-enforcement officer or other public safety personnel. Provides that any unauthorized person who wears a uniform identical to or substantially similar to a standard uniform used by an office of sheriff to impersonate the office of sheriff is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor (currently a Class 3 misdemeanor). The bill adds new punishment for a second or subsequent such offense: a Class 6 felony. The bill also adds the same new punishment for a second or subsequent offense of impersonating a law-enforcement officer or other public safety personnel, currently a Class 1 misdemeanor for any such offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100279D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1955)
01/22/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Committee substitute printed 13104541D-H1
01/25/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1955H1)
01/29/2013Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/31/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/2013Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104541D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1955H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2013Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2013Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2013Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Placed on Calendar
02/21/2013Senate amendment rejected by House (4-Y 94-N)
02/21/2013VOTE: REJECTED (4-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2013Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2013Senators: Reeves, Stuart, Stanley
02/21/2013Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2013Delegates: Landes, Loupassi, Hester
02/23/2013Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/23/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1955ER)
03/04/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB1955ER)
03/04/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013Signed by Speaker
03/06/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1955ER)
03/16/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 431 (effective 7/1/13)
03/16/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0431)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 1 minute.