Refusal of tests; restricted license. (HB34)

Introduced By

Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Refusal of tests; restricted license. Allows a person convicted of a first offense of unreasonable refusal to have samples of his breath or blood taken for chemical tests to determine the alcohol content of his blood to petition the court 30 days after conviction for a restricted driver's license. The court may, for good cause shown, grant such restricted license for the same purposes as allowed for restricted licenses granted after conviction of driving under the influence if the person installs an ignition interlock system on each motor vehicle owned by or registered to the person and enters into and successfully completes an alcohol safety action program. The bill provides that such restricted license shall not permit any person to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/19/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100533D
11/19/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (4-Y 3-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (13-Y 6-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 HB34E
02/05/2020Printed as engrossed 20100533D-E
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB34E)
02/17/2020Reported from Judiciary with amendments (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2020Passed Senate with amendments (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Placed on Calendar
02/21/2020Senate amendments agreed to by House (56-Y 41-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: Adoption (56-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB34ER)
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB34ER)
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
03/12/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 341 (effective 7/1/20)
03/12/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0341)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.