Commercial sex trafficking; penalties. (HB1964)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from 60 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Terry Austin (R-Buchanan), Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Mark Berg (R-Winchester), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Mike Futrell (D-Woodbridge), Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol), Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan), Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg), Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News), Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Chris Head (R-Roanoke), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex trafficking; penalties. Creates new felonies for trafficking of persons for commercial sexual activity. The bill provides that any person who recruits, transports, harbors, receives, provides, obtains, isolates, maintains, patronizes, solicits, or entices a minor to engage in commercial sexual activity is guilty of a Class 2 felony, the punishment for which includes a mandatory minimum sentence that is based on the age of the minor. The bill also provides that any person who engages in the same conduct with any other person knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that coercion or fraud will be used to cause such person to engage in commercial sexual activity is guilty of a Class 2 felony. Finally, the bill provides that any person who receives money or its equivalent that he knows or has reason to know was derived from the trafficking of persons for commercial sexual activity is guilty of a Class 3 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103251D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1964)
01/30/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/02/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/02/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1964)
02/04/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Committee substitute printed 15104694D-H1
02/04/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2015Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1964H1)
02/06/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/06/2015Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104694D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1964H1
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
02/16/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Committee substitute printed 15105142D-S1
02/17/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Read third time
02/18/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105142D-S1
02/18/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1964S1
02/18/2015Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1964S1)
02/19/2015Placed on Calendar
02/20/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105142D-S1 (1-Y 95-N)
02/20/2015VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2015House acceded to request
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2015Delegates: Hugo, Bell, Robert B., Watts
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2015Senators: Obenshain, Howell, McDougle
02/26/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/26/2015Conference substitute printed 15105591D-H2
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1964H2)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1964ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1964ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1964ER)
03/27/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 690 (effective 7/1/15)
03/27/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0690)


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 6 minutes.