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 18 shall be strip searched or subjected to a search of any body cavity by a law-enforcement officer or a jail officer. 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 »


Bill Has Passed


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)
02/19/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108762D-S1
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1544S1)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108762D-S1
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1544S1
02/24/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108762D-S1 (0-Y 96-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/02/2020House acceded to request
03/02/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/02/2020Delegates: Carter, Scott, Bell
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/03/2020Senators: Morrissey, Peake, Boysko
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109446D-H2
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1544H2)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1544ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1544ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2020VOTE: (95-Y 0-N)
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
04/22/2020Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (HB1544ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1236 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1236)
05/01/2020VOTE: (95-Y 0-N)


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.