Election laws; Attorney General shall have full authority to enforce laws or prosecute violations. (HB2331)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Election laws; enforcement and prosecution. Gives the Attorney General the independent authority to enforce and prosecute violations of election laws in addition to the existing authority granted to the Attorney General pursuant to a unanimous vote of all members of the Board of Elections requesting the Attorney General to assist an attorney for the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2013Presented and ordered printed 13104246D
01/18/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2013Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/29/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/30/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2331)
02/01/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (83-Y 17-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (83-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Passed by for the day
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Passed by for the day
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2013Amendments by Senator McEachin rejected (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Chair votes No
02/19/2013Passed Senate (25-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2331ER)
02/23/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2331ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 768 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (90-Y 9-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (90-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (30-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB2331ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 768 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0768)


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 24 minutes.


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