Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders, civil penalty. (HB5007)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater), Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria), Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency Services and Disaster Law; executive orders; limitation on duration of executive orders declaring a state of emergency; civil penalty. Provides that executive orders declaring a state of emergency, and any other executive orders pertaining to such emergency, shall not have any effect beyond 30 days after the date of issuance, unless the General Assembly takes action to grant the Governor additional authority to extend such an order. Under current law, once issued, executive orders are effective until June 30 following the next regular session of the General Assembly. The bill also changes the penalty for a violation of certain executive orders from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a civil penalty of no more than $100 per violation. The bill provides that in no case shall any person be assessed a total of more than $1,000 in penalties for violations of the same executive order. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/10/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200356D
08/10/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
08/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5007)
08/25/2020Tabled in Public Safety (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)