Sentence reduction; substantial assistance to prosecution. (HB188)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sentence reduction; substantial assistance to prosecution. Allows a convicted person's sentence to be reduced if such person provides substantial assistance, defined in the bill, in the furtherance of the investigation or prosecution of another person engaged in an act of violence or for offenses involving the manufacture or distribution of controlled substances or marijuana. Sentence reduction can occur only upon motion of the attorney for the Commonwealth. This bill incorporates HB 203 and is identical to SB 35. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/26/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102599D
12/26/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB188)
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/19/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Committee substitute printed 18105628D-H1
01/29/2018Incorporates HB203 (Mullin)
01/31/2018Read first time
02/01/2018Read second time
02/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105628D-H1
02/01/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB188H1
02/02/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB188H1)
02/12/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Committee substitute printed 18107095D-S1
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB188S1)
02/14/2018Read third time
02/14/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107095D-S1
02/14/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB188S1
02/14/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Passed House with substitute
02/16/2018Placed on Calendar
02/16/2018Senate substitute agreed to by House 18107095D-S1 (96-Y 0-N)
02/16/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
02/16/2018Passed by for the day
02/19/2018Passed by for the day
02/20/2018Passed by until Tuesday, February 27, 2018
02/27/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107095D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
02/27/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/02/2018House acceded to request
03/02/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/02/2018Delegates: Collins, Leftwich, Mullin
03/05/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2018Senators: Stanley, Obenshain, Deeds
03/07/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2018Conference substitute printed 18108027D-H2
03/08/2018Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB188ER)
03/10/2018Signed by Speaker
03/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB188ER)
03/12/2018Signed by President
03/20/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2018
03/20/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/29/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 492 (effective 7/1/18)
03/29/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0492)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB35 and HB203.