Relief; Keith Allen Harward. (SB1479)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Claims; Keith Allen Harward. Provides relief in the amount of $1,548,439 to Keith Allen Harward, who was incarcerated from 1983 until 2016 after being convicted of first degree murder. In 2016 he was granted a Writ of Actual Innocence by the Supreme Court of Virginia based upon DNA evidence that excluded Mr. Harward as the perpetrator of the crime. Mr. Harward's relief would be paid as follows: (i) an initial lump sum of $309,688 to be paid within 60 days immediately following the execution of a release by Mr. Harward from any present or future claims he may have and (ii) the sum of $1,238,751 to purchase an annuity before October 1, 2017, for the primary benefit of Mr. Harward with the terms structured in his best interests. In addition, the bill entitles Mr. Harward to receive up to $10,000 for tuition for career and technical training within the Virginia Community College System. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103998D
01/17/2017Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1479)
01/31/2017Reported from Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2017Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2017Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/06/2017Placed on Calendar
02/06/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2017Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/13/2017Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Read second time
02/15/2017Read third time
02/15/2017Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/15/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1479ER)
02/17/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1479ER)
02/17/2017Signed by Speaker
02/20/2017Signed by President
02/21/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/20/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 658 (effective 7/1/17)
03/20/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0658)