Profane swearing in public; removes the crime from Code. (HB1071)

Introduced By

Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Profane swearing in public. Removes the crime of profane swearing in public, which is currently punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor. This bill incorporates HB 132. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101994D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/15/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
01/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 5-N)
01/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20106255D-H1
01/22/2020Incorporates HB132 (Webert)
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1071)
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/28/2020Engrossment reconsidered by House
01/28/2020Passed by for the day
01/29/2020Read second time
01/29/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106255D-H1
01/29/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1071H1
01/30/2020Read third time and passed House (76-Y 24-N)
01/30/2020VOTE: Passage (76-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1071H1)
02/17/2020Reported from Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Passed Senate (31-Y 7-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1071ER)
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1071ER)
02/21/2020Signed by Speaker
02/24/2020Signed by President
02/26/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2020
02/26/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 4, 2020
03/04/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 160 (effective 7/1/20)
03/04/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0160)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB132.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

It's about damn time.