Elections; elected and certain appointed officers, removal from office. (HB451)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; elected and certain appointed officers; removal from office. Adds sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, consensual intercourse with a child 15 years of age or older, indecent exposure, and peeping to the list of offenses for which a circuit court, upon petition, may remove from office an elected officer or officer appointed to fill an elective office. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101290D
01/05/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/10/2014Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
01/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB451)
01/20/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB451)
01/24/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2014Committee substitute printed 14104343D-H1
01/24/2014Incorporates HB408
01/27/2014Read first time
01/28/2014Read second time
01/28/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104343D-H1
01/28/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB451H1
01/29/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/29/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/31/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB451H1)
02/18/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Read third time
02/21/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB451ER)
02/25/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB451ER)
02/25/2014Signed by Speaker
02/27/2014Signed by President
04/04/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 566 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0566)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill was surely prompted by a member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors being convicted of sexual battery, but refusing to step down for months after his guilty plea.

edward writes:

THIS BILL should include ADULTERY. Adultery is a CRIME in Virginia and is a sex crime. Adultery is CERTAINLY more OFFENSIVE to public morality, DESTRUCTIVE of families and to society, and more powerfully bespeak UNTRUSTWORTHINESS of elected and appointed official, than does 'peeping' or 'indecent exposure'. SO WHY doesn't Mr Bell include adultery?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Ladies and gentlemen, the last person in the state who supports the state's adultery law.