Immigration status; prohibiting inquiry into status of certain victims or witnesses of crimes. (HB262)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Inquiry and report of immigration status; certain victims or witnesses of crimes. Prohibits law-enforcement officers from inquiring into the immigration status of a person who (i) reports that he is a victim of a crime or a parent or guardian of a minor victim of a crime or (ii) is a witness in the investigation of a crime or the parent or guardian of a minor witness to a crime. However, a law-enforcement officer is not prohibited from making such an inquiry if it is necessary for the enforcement or implementation of certain criminal provisions or if the parent or guardian has been arrested for, has been charged with, or is being investigated for a crime against the minor victim. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101667D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 1-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB262E
02/05/2020Printed as engrossed 20101667D-E
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB262E)
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (57-Y 42-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (57-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/17/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Committee substitute printed 20108387D-S1
02/18/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108387D-S1
02/19/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB262S1
02/19/2020Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Placed on Calendar
02/21/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108387D-S1 (54-Y 42-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB262S1)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB262ER)
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB262ER)
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
02/27/2020Signed by President
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/05/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 5, 2020
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 12, 2020
03/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 273 (effective 7/1/20)
03/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0273)


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 1 minute.