Conservators of the peace, special; training standards, orders of appointment, etc. (SB1195)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Special conservators of the peace; training, orders of appointment, etc. Makes various changes to the laws providing for the appointment of special conservators of the peace, including (i) requiring the Criminal Justice Services Board to adopt regulations establishing compulsory minimum training standards; (ii) prohibiting special conservators of the peace from using the title "police" on any badge, uniform, or vehicle; (iii) prohibiting special conservators of the peace from using blue flashing lights and sirens on any vehicles; (iv) prohibiting special conservators of the peace from displaying any insignia or words indicating that he is a law-enforcement officer; (v) prohibiting persons required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry from being appointed as special conservators of the peace; (vi) removing the option that a special conservator of the peace be covered by bond instead of liability insurance or self-insurance; and (vii) providing that as of January 1, 2016, no special conservator of the peace shall use the seal of the Commonwealth unless he is employed by a museum owned and managed by the Commonwealth. The bill provides that any existing special conservator of the peace has 24 months to comply with any new compulsory, minimum, entry-level training standards and requirements established following his appointment. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102658D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1195)
01/21/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2015Passed by for the day
01/23/2015Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Read second time
01/26/2015Reading of amendments waived
01/26/2015Committee amendments agreed to
01/26/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1195E
01/26/2015Printed as engrossed 15102658D-E
01/27/2015Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Committee amendments reconsidered (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Committee amendments #'s 1,3,4,5,6 agreed to
01/27/2015Committee amendment #2 rejected
01/27/2015Reading of amendments waived
01/27/2015Amendments by Senator Norment agreed to
01/27/2015Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB1195E2
01/27/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Printed as reengrossed 15102658D-E2
01/27/2015Engrossed bill reprinted 15102658D-E2
01/30/2015Placed on Calendar
01/30/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/30/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1195E2)
02/06/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/13/2015Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2015Committee substitute printed 15105058D-H1
02/16/2015Read second time
02/17/2015Read third time
02/17/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105058D-H1
02/17/2015Amendments by Delegate Lingamfelter agreed to
02/17/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments SB1195H1
02/17/2015Passed House with substitute with amendments (97-Y 2-N)
02/17/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1195H1)
02/19/2015House substitute with amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015House insisted on substitute with amendments
02/20/2015House requested conference committee
02/24/2015Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/24/2015Senators: Norment, Reeves, Saslaw
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2015Delegates: Campbell, Lingamfelter, Sullivan
02/27/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2015Conference substitute printed 15105698D-S1
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (34-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
02/27/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1195ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1195ER)
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
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 16-19 (96-Y 0-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015House rejected Governor's recommendation #'s 1-9, 15 and 20-23 (37-Y 59-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: REJECTED (37-Y 59-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015House rejected Governor's recommendation #'s 10-14 (42-Y 52-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: REJECTED (42-Y 52-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/15/2015Reenrolled bill text (SB1195ER2)
04/15/2015Signed by President as reenrolled
04/15/2015Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/15/2015Communicated to Governor
04/30/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 772 (effective 7/1/15)
04/30/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0772)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 7 minutes.


CherylPenny writes:

This bill is long overdue.....thank you for putting tighter rules on conservators. Some companies have started adding law enforcement in their name. Putting police on their security cars which is very deceiving. Makes citizens think they are fully sworn police which is scary as they are not fully trained and carrying a weapon. I think it more changes are due.