Comprehensive indigent defense system; State Crime Commission to study. (SJ51)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), and Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; indigent defense; report. Directs the Virginia State Crime Commission to study the feasibility and costs of establishing a comprehensive indigent defense system in the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101475D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee on Rules
02/05/2016Reported from Rules with substitute
02/05/2016Committee substitute printed 16105258D-S1
02/08/2016Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Read second time
02/09/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105258D-S1
02/09/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ51S1
02/10/2016Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/12/2016Placed on Calendar
02/12/2016Referred to Committee on Rules
02/22/2016Assigned Rules sub: Studies
03/08/2016Left in Rules


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill, which would provide state funding to study the merits of expanding the public defender system.