Threats and harassment of certain officials and property; venue. (HB1627)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Threats and harassment of certain officials and property; venue. Provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if venue cannot otherwise be established and the victim is (i) the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia and (ii) such official or employee was threatened or harassed while engaged in the performance of his public duties or because of his position with the Commonwealth. In addition, threats to damage property may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if venue cannot otherwise be established and the property is owned by the Commonwealth and located in the Capitol District. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105343D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/02/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 0-N)
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB1627E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20105343D-E
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (62-Y 37-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (62-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/19/2020Reported from Judiciary with amendments (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/24/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2020Passed by for the day
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2020Passed Senate with amendments (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Placed on Calendar
02/27/2020Senate amendments agreed to by House (65-Y 35-N)
02/27/2020VOTE: Adoption (65-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1627ER)
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1002 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1002)


Russell Lynn Drysdale writes:

Welcome to the internet , you who choose to be ''in the limelight'' please just grow some thicker skin . When your past catches up to you and people talk about it , and you ..... it only means you have stuff to hide , or can't take what you like dishing out . The foolishness of thinking the Commonwealth of Virginia can skirt around the US Constitution is absolutely absurd . Look back to the end of segregation , the Federal government set things right for the portion of Virginians affected , yet there is still work to be done in this are to reach equality . This overreach , coupled with 2A issues being pedaled in Richmond by the same ''upper crust'' this bill is supposed to comfort by elimination of free speech for all Virginians will only bring the federal government right back here to Virginia to set things right again for all Virginians .
Coonman , Have you gave consideration to the Democratic Parties Political presence in the state of Virginia in the future ? Your idiotic actions guarantee political suicide for the Democrats a a whole in the Commonwealth . The best answer for all of this and you too is secession to West Virginia . Keep it up Ralphie-Boy , you'll shoot your eye out .

Cheryl writes:

This bill needs to be stopped, it goes against our first amendment!

Charles writes:

So this means that if you thraet the government of VA you will go to prison but if the government thraeten the people of VA nothing happens.. That's unconditional

Principal Poop writes:

You'll find in the fine print of the bill that from this day forward, Gov. Northam shall be referred to only as "Dear Leader" and thought crime violators will be sentenced to reeducation gulags.

Ronald Quasebarth writes:

Another overstep from people it's harder and harder to trust