Protective orders; companion animals. (HB972)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst) with support from co-patrons Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), and Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Protective orders; companion animals. Provides that a court may include in a protective order provisions granting to the petitioner the care, custody, and control of an animal jointly owned, possessed, or cared for by (i) the petitioner and the respondent or (ii) a child residing in the petitioner's household and the respondent. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101852D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/20/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB972)
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 4-N)
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104735D-H1
02/03/2014Incorporates HB624
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2014Incorporates HB624
02/04/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB972H1)
02/05/2014Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104735D-H1
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB972H1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB972H1)
02/17/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2014Committee substitute printed 14105081D-S1
02/17/2014Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB972S1)
02/25/2014Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105081D-S1
02/26/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB972S1
02/26/2014Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Placed on Calendar
02/26/2014Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105081D-S1 (91-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB972ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/06/2014Signed by President
03/27/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 346 (effective 7/1/14)
03/27/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0346)
03/31/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB972ER)


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 2 minutes.