Hate crimes; immigration status, civil action, penalty. (HB719)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hate crimes; immigration status; civil action; penalty. Adds immigration status to the bases of a victim's intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another's property that result in a higher criminal penalty for the offense. The bill also adds immigration status to the bases of hate crimes that are to be reported to the central repository of information regarding hate crimes maintained by the Virginia State Police. The bill also provides that a person who is subjected to acts of (i) intimidation or harassment, (ii) violence, or (iii) vandalism to his real or personal property, where such act is motived by animosity toward a person's immigration status, may bring a civil action to recover his damages. The bill also provides that no provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet shall be liable for any action voluntarily taken by it in good faith to restrict access to material that the provider or user considers to be intended to incite hatred on the basis of immigration status. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102334D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2018Impact statement from VCSC (HB719)
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB719)
01/25/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 3-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports adding immigration status to Virginia's current statutes that enhance penalties for certain crimes when the criminal acts are motivated by hate.