Police & court records; if order of expungement, clerk of court shall refund petitioner costs paid. (HB1149)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Expungement of police and court records; fees. Relieves a person who petitions for the expungement of police and court records related to a crime of which the person was acquitted or the charge of which was otherwise dismissed from paying any fees or costs for filing such petition. Read the Bill »

Status

04/01/2016: signed by governor

History

DateAction
01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103596D
01/13/2016Committee
01/13/2016Presented and ordered printed 16103596D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2016Assigned to sub: Criminal Law
01/20/2016Assigned App. sub: Criminal Law
01/20/2016Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/25/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/25/2016Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Committee substitute printed 16104795D-H1
01/27/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2016Assigned to sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
01/28/2016Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1149H1)
02/10/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
02/10/2016Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104795D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1149H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/02/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Read third time
03/04/2016Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Enrolled
03/08/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1149ER)
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1149ER)
03/08/2016Signed by Speaker
03/10/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 617 (effective 7/1/16)
04/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0617)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

RECORDS. MR. SPRUILL. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, OPPOSED, NO. SUBSTITUTE AGREED TO. THIS GIVES A PERSON A PETITION FOR EXPUNGEMENT RELATED TO A CRIME A PERSON WAS ACQUITTED OR DISMISSED AND SAYS IF THE COURT ENTER AN ORDER TO

Comments

ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill. Expungement offers offenders a second chance at life by removing old convictions from the public record. Youthful indiscretions are common but can have a lasting impact. Technology has made it easier to find criminal records online, exacerbating the consequences of criminal convictions. We also know that finding suitable employment reduces the likelihood that ex-offenders will commit new crimes. Expungement gives ex-offenders a better chance to find a job. The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that gives ex-offenders a second chance.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill. Expungement offers offenders a second chance at life by removing old convictions from the public record. Youthful indiscretions are common but can have a lasting impact. Technology has made it easier to find criminal records online, exacerbating the consequences of criminal convictions. We also know that finding suitable employment reduces the likelihood that ex-offenders will commit new crimes. Expungement gives ex-offenders a better chance to find a job. The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that gives ex-offenders a second chance.