Asset forfeiture; seizure of property, report. (HB771)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Asset forfeiture. Prohibits a law-enforcement agency from requesting, requiring, or otherwise inducing a person who asserts a lawful right to property seized for the purpose of forfeiture to waive his interest in or rights to the property until an information is filed. The bill allows attorneys for the Commonwealth to electronically notify the Department of Motor Vehicles, in a manner approved by the Commissioner, that a vehicle has been seized. A provision is added allowing a forfeiture proceeding to be stayed if it is also related to a warrant. The Department of Criminal Justice Services will be required to prepare an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly regarding information on all drug and nondrug asset seizures and forfeitures. The report shall be available to the public. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102895D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2016Assigned to sub: Criminal Law
01/19/2016Assigned App. sub: Criminal Law
01/19/2016Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/20/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/25/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB771)
01/27/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2016Read first time
02/01/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Read third time
02/22/2016Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB771ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
02/27/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB771ER)
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 203 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0203)


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill.