Missing persons; search and rescue. (SB1184)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patrons Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), and Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Missing persons; search and rescue. Provides that no local law-enforcement agency shall establish or maintain any policy that requires a waiting period before accepting a critically missing adult report, and requires a local law-enforcement agency that receives such a report to initiate an investigation of the case within two hours of receipt. The bill defines a critically missing adult as any missing adult 21 years of age or older whose disappearance indicates a credible threat to the health and safety of the adult as determined by a law-enforcement agency and under such other circumstances as deemed appropriate after consideration of all known circumstances. The bill requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish training standards and publish a model policy for missing children, missing adults, and search and rescue protocol. The bill also requires the Department of Emergency Management to establish a Coordinator of Search and Rescue. Amends § 44-146.18, § 9.1-102, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102884D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/26/2015Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1184)
01/28/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Read second time
02/02/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/02/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1184E
02/02/2015Printed as engrossed 15102884D-E
02/03/2015Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1184E)
02/06/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/13/2015Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Read second time
02/17/2015Passed by for the day
02/18/2015Read third time
02/18/2015Passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/18/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1184ER)
02/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1184ER)
02/23/2015Signed by Speaker
02/24/2015Signed by President
02/25/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/25/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/25/15
02/25/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/16/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 223 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0223)