Public employment; inquiries by state agencies and localities regarding criminal convictions, etc. (SB1199)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public employment; inquiries by state agencies and localities regarding criminal convictions, charges, and arrests. Prohibits state agencies from including on any employment application a question inquiring whether the applicant has ever been arrested or charged with any crime. The bill prohibits state agencies from asking an applicant if he has ever been convicted of any crime unless the inquiry takes place after the applicant has received a conditional offer of employment, which offer may be withdrawn if the applicant has a conviction record that directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the position. The prohibition does not apply to applications for employment with law-enforcement agencies, certain positions designated as sensitive, or in instances where a state agency is expressly permitted to inquire into an individual's criminal history for employment purposes pursuant to any provision of federal or state law. The bill also authorizes localities to adopt ordinances prohibiting such inquiries, with similar limitations. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101557D
01/03/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/13/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1199)
01/14/2019Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/18/2019Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Placed on Calendar
01/22/2019Read first time
01/22/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/19/2019Left in General Laws