Victims of sexual assault; rights of victims, physical evidence recovery kits. (HB2127)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Rights of victims of sexual assault; physical evidence recovery kits. Requires that victims of sexual assault be advised by the investigating law-enforcement agency of their rights regarding physical evidence recovery kits. The bill requires the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services of the Virginia Department of General Services (the Division) and law-enforcement agencies to store physical evidence recovery kits for a period of 50 years or for an additional 10 years following a written objection to the destruction from the victim. The bill requires the Division or any law-enforcement agency to notify the victim at least 60 days prior to the intended date of destruction of the kit. In accordance with existing law, the bill provides that no victim of sexual assault shall be charged for the cost of collecting a kit. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102410D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2017Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/18/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2127)
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2017Committee substitute printed 17104909D-H1
01/27/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2017Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/01/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2127H1)
02/02/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/03/2017Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104909D-H1
02/06/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2127H1
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2017Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Read third time
02/15/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2127ER)
02/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2127ER)
02/20/2017Signed by Speaker
02/21/2017Signed by President
02/21/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 535 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0535)


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.