Hate crimes; adds gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, penalty. (HB1776)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hate crimes; gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability; penalty. Adds gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another's property results in a higher criminal penalty for the offense. The bill also adds these categories of victims to the categories of hate crimes that are to be reported to the central repository of information regarding hate crimes maintained by the Virginia State Police. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102505D
01/09/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2017Impact statement from VCSC (HB1776)
01/13/2017Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/24/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1776)
01/30/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/2017Left in Courts of Justice


ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill that extends the enhanced penalties for certain bias motivated criminal conduct to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.