Sentence reduction; substantial assistance to prosecution. (SB35)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


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 is identical to HB 188. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/20/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100459D
11/20/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB35)
01/24/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Read second time
01/29/2018Reading of amendments waived
01/29/2018Committee amendments agreed to
01/29/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB35E
01/29/2018Printed as engrossed 18100459D-E
01/30/2018Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Placed on Calendar
02/05/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB35E)
02/23/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/26/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
03/02/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Committee substitute printed 18107641D-H1
03/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB35H1)
03/06/2018Read second time
03/07/2018Read third time
03/07/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107641D-H1
03/07/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB35H1
03/07/2018Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Title replaced 18107641D-H1
03/10/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB35ER)
03/10/2018Signed by Speaker
03/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB35ER)
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 493 (effective 7/1/18)
03/29/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0493)


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: HB188 and HB203.