State Police, Department of; establishment of cold case searchable database. (HB1024)

Introduced By

Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park) with support from co-patrons Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of State Police; establishment of cold case searchable database. Requires the Superintendent of State Police to establish and maintain a searchable electronic database of cold cases, available to the public through the Department of State Police official website. The bill defines "cold case" as an investigation into a homicide, missing person, or unidentified person case that has remained unsolved for at least five years after the crime occurred, the person went missing, or the unidentified body was found, whichever occurred last. The bill requires the database to include (i) the category of cold case and, in the case of a homicide or missing person, the name of the victim or missing person, unless prohibited or restricted by law; (ii) the location where the crime was committed, where the person was last seen, or where the body was found, if known; (iii) the date and time the crime occurred, the person was last seen, or the body was found, if known; (iv) the name and contact information of the investigating law-enforcement agency; (v) a brief summary of the crime or case; and (vi) any other information that the investigating law-enforcement agency determines is appropriate. The bill also allows the Department and submitting law-enforcement agencies to withhold such information, in whole or in part, from the database (a) as they deem necessary for investigative purposes, protection of privacy, or any other lawful reason or (b) upon request of the victim's or missing person's next of kin. Read the Bill »


02/17/2020: passed committee


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100890D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1024)
01/23/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/24/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
01/24/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2020Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/03/2020Reported from Appropriations (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB1024E
02/06/2020Printed as engrossed 20100890D-E
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1024E)
02/17/2020Reported from Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

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