Children; strip searches. (HB1544)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas) with support from co-patrons Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Strip searches of children. Provides that no child under the age of 14 shall be strip searched and that a child who is 14 years of age or older but under 18 years of age shall not be strip searched unless such child and such child's parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of such child has authorized or consented to the strip search. The bill also provides that no person shall be denied noncontact visitation on the basis of withholding such authorization or consent. The bill provides exceptions for (i) children committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice or confined or detained in a secure local facility for juveniles or a jail or other facility for the detention of adults; (ii) persons in custodial arrests for a traffic infraction, Class 3 or 4 misdemeanor, or violation of a city, county, or town ordinance that is punishable by no more than 30 days in jail where there is reasonable cause to believe on the part of a law-enforcement officer that the individual is concealing a weapon; or (iii) persons taken into custody by or remanded to a law-enforcement officer pursuant to a circuit or district court order. Read the Bill »


02/11/2020: In Committee


01/10/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104342D
01/10/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1544)
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107738D-H1
02/05/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107738D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1544H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1544H1)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 50 seconds.

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