Assault and battery; felony when committed against certain persons. (HB1611)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) with support from co-patrons Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), and Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Assault and battery against certain persons. Amends provision making it a Class 6 felony to commit an assault or an assault and battery against judges, magistrates, law-enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel and persons directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of certain inmates, juvenile offenders, and sexually violent predators, when they are engaged in the performance of their public duties to state that the crime may occur anywhere in the Commonwealth. The bill provides that its provisions are declarative of existing law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102599D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/19/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
01/28/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Read first time
02/02/2015Read second time
02/02/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1611E
02/02/2015Printed as engrossed 15102599D-E
02/03/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1611E)
02/11/2015Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Read third time
02/16/2015Passed Senate (34-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1611ER)
02/19/2015Signed by Speaker
02/20/2015Signed by President
02/21/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1611ER)
02/23/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/23/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/23/15
02/23/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/16/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 196 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0196)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

All that this bill does is add the phrase "anywhere in the Commonwealth," as in "In addition, if any person commits an assault or an assault and battery anywhere in the Commonwealth against another knowing or having reason to know that such other person is a judge, a magistrate, a law-enforcement officer." I wish that Del. Miller would explain the purpose of this law, since it's not normally necessary to specify that a state law applies anywhere in the state.