Felony homicide; felony drug offenses, penalty. (HB1427)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patron Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Death caused by controlled substance; penalty. Provides that a person who unlawfully sells, gives, or distributes a Schedule I or II controlled substance to another is guilty of second degree murder if (i) such other person's death results from his use of the controlled substance and (ii) the controlled substance is the proximate cause of his death. Read the Bill »


02/27/2015: failed house


12/23/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100485D
12/23/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/05/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1427)
01/30/2015Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HB1427)
01/30/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/02/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/02/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Committee substitute printed 15104750D-H1
02/04/2015Incorporates HB1937
02/04/2015Incorporates HB1638
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1427H1)
02/06/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104750D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1427H1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1427H1)
02/16/2015Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2015Reported from Finance with amendments (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Passed by for the day (0-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2015Read third time
02/20/2015Reading of amendments waived
02/20/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2015Passed by for the day
02/23/2015Read third time
02/23/2015Committee amendments reconsidered (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Committee amendments rejected
02/23/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/23/2015Floor substitute printed 15105420D-S1 (Wexton)
02/23/2015Substitute by Senator Wexton agreed to 15105420D-S1
02/23/2015Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB1427S1
02/23/2015Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (1-Y 96-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Placed on Calendar
02/24/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105420D-S1 (1-Y 96-N 1-A)
02/24/2015VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 96-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1427S1)
02/25/2015Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2015House acceded to request
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2015Delegates: Lingamfelter, Miller, Watts
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2015Senators: Stuart, Obenshain, Wexton
02/27/2015No further action taken
02/27/2015Failed to pass in House


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Given this logic, surely Del. Lingamfelter supports liability for gun dealers, if somebody's death results from a gun that they sell.

(I kid. Of course he doesn't.)