Seizure of property; receipt required. (SB721)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) with support from co-patron Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Seizure of property; receipt required. Requires the agency seizing property to issue contemporaneously with the seizure, a receipt itemizing the property seized. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15
12/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101200D
12/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB721)
01/14/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2015Committee substitute printed 15103694D-S1
01/16/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Read second time
01/19/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/19/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15103694D-S1
01/19/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB721S1
01/20/2015Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB721S1)
01/30/2015Placed on Calendar
01/30/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/18/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 1-N)
02/20/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Committee substitute printed 15105210D-H1
02/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB721H1)
02/23/2015Read second time
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105210D-H1
02/24/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB721H1
02/24/2015Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015House substitute rejected by Senate (8-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015House insisted on substitute
02/26/2015House requested conference committee
02/26/2015Senate acceded to request (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2015Senators: Marsden, Garrett, Stuart
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2015Delegates: Albo, Head, Simon
02/26/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2015Passed by temporarily
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/27/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB721ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB721ER)
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
04/15/2015Passed by for the day
04/17/2015Communicated to Governor
04/30/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 769 (effective 7/1/15)
04/30/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0769)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.


ACLU-VA Criminal Justice writes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports requiring law enforcement agencies to issue an itemized receipt to a property owner at the time of a seizure. This common sense bill protects both law enforcement and property owners. Due process guarantees that a person will not be deprived of property without an opportunity to be heard. Such a hearing cannot be fair unless law enforcement and the property owner can at least agree on what was seized and when.

J P Welch writes:

Property owners should be entitled to written confirmation of what, when, where and why their property was seized by an authorized agency.