Criminal cases; venue for prosecution. (SB1290)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Venue in criminal cases. Provides that venue for the prosecution of a crime may be had in any county or city in which the defendant resides or is apprehended or to which he is extradited if the county or city where the offense is alleged to have occurred cannot be determined. The bill also provides that venue for offenses related to a homicide offense may be had in the same county or city as venue for the homicide offense. The bill further provides that venue for homicide offenses may be had in any county or city where any part of the victim's body is found. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102303D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Committee substitute printed 15104791D-S1
02/06/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104791D-S1
02/09/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1290S1
02/09/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Placed on Calendar
02/11/2015Read first time
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/11/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Committee substitute printed 15105023D-H1
02/12/2015Read second time
02/13/2015Read third time
02/13/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105023D-H1
02/13/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1290H1
02/13/2015Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/13/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015House insisted on substitute
02/18/2015House requested conference committee
02/20/2015Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/20/2015Senators: Stuart, McDougle, McEachin
02/23/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2015Delegates: Bell, Robert B., Morris, Herring
02/25/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2015Conference substitute printed 15105467D-S2
02/25/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Passed by for the day
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1290ER)
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
03/26/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 637 (effective 7/1/15)
03/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0637)


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 6 minutes.