Judicial personnel; testimony of certain personnel. (SB794)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Magistrates; issuance of arrest warrants; competency to testify. Provides that a magistrate may not issue an arrest warrant for any criminal offense upon the basis of a complaint by a person other than a law-enforcement officer or an animal control officer without prior authorization from the attorney for the Commonwealth or a law-enforcement agency in his jurisdiction. This procedure already applies to felonies; this bill will add misdemeanors to the existing provision. The bill provides that a person who has the power to issue warrants is competent to testify in a criminal proceeding on a crime committed in his presence in the course of his official duties. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/31/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100270D
12/31/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Committee substitute printed 15103782D-S1
01/20/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2015Read second time
01/21/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/21/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15103782D-S1
01/21/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB794S1
01/22/2015Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
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
02/16/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 1-N)
02/20/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Committee substitute printed 15105188D-H1
02/23/2015Read second time
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105188D-H1
02/24/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB794H1
02/24/2015Passed House with substitute (79-Y 20-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (79-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Title replaced 15105188D-H1
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB794ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/09/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB794ER)
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 635 (effective 7/1/15)
03/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0635)


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 9 minutes.


John Doe writes:

What about Federal Law Enforcement Officers and those listed in 19.2-12 and 19.2-13 that have statutory powers of arrest?