Relief; Davis, Robert Paul. (HB1010)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Claims; Robert Davis. Provides relief in the amount of $582,313 to Robert Davis, who was incarcerated from 2004 until 2015 after entering an Alford Plea to charges of first-degree and second-degree murder. On December 15, 2016, Governor McAuliffe granted an Absolute Pardon to Davis, after two witnesses who had testified against him recanted their testimony and law enforcement stated that his confession was improperly obtained. Davis's relief would be paid as follows: (i) an initial lump sum of $116,463 to be paid within 60 days immediately following the execution of a release by Davis from any present or future claims he may have and (ii) the sum of $465,850 to purchase an annuity before September 30, 2018, for the primary benefit of Davis with the terms structured in his best interests. In addition, the bill entitles Davis 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


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100634D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/2018Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Finance
02/27/2018Reported from Finance with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of amendment waived
03/01/2018Committee amendment agreed to
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/01/2018Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate insisted on amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2018House acceded to request
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Toscano, Jones, S.C., Knight
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Norment, Carrico, Surovell
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/10/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1010ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 638 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0638)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville): house bill 10 is one of those claims bills. You heard about the norfolk four just a while ago and this is a claims bill involving a young man who was unlawfully incarcerated for 13 years, having been convicted of a crime that he didn't commit when he was 18 years old. He expense 13 years in -- spent 13 years in prison and after a review of the case, was gramented an absolute par -- granted an absolute pardon. This bill was fine until it got over to the senate where they put the clause on the bill. Yeah, and I -- unfortunately. Fortunately, though, I think we must have had intervention at the highest levels and the last minute negotiations in order to get that clause removed. So now what you have before you in the conference report is a straight claims bill without the clause. I hope that you will vote to approve the conference report. >> shall the conference report be adopted. The clerk will close the roll.

[Unknown]: ayes 97, nos 0. >> ayes 97, nos 0. The conference report is