Civil action for deprivation of rights; duties and liabilities of certain employers. (HB5013)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), and Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Civil action for deprivation of rights; duties and liabilities of certain employers in employing or contracting for the services of law-enforcement officers. Creates a civil action for the deprivation of a person's rights by a law-enforcement officer and provides that a plaintiff may be awarded compensatory damages, punitive damages, and equitable relief, as well as reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill provides that sovereign immunity or any other immunities or limitations on liability or damages shall not apply to such actions and that qualified immunity is not a defense to liability for such deprivation of rights. Finally, the bill provides that any public or private entity that employs or contracts for the services of a law-enforcement officer owes a duty of reasonable care to third parties in its hiring, supervision, training, retention, and use of such officers under its employment or contract. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/14/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200380D
08/14/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
08/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5013)
08/26/2020Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
08/28/2020Motion to refer to committee agreed to
08/28/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
08/28/2020Read first time
08/31/2020Failed to report (defeated) in Appropriations (11-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
09/01/2020Reconsidered by Appropriations
09/01/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/01/2020Committee substitute printed 20201095D-H1
09/02/2020Read first time
09/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5013H1)
09/03/2020Read second time
09/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201095D-H1
09/03/2020Pending question ordered
09/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB5013H1 (47-Y 45-N)
09/03/2020VOTE: Engrossment (47-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
09/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute (47-Y 45-N) HB5013H1
09/04/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB5013)
09/04/2020Read third time and defeated by House (47-Y 48-N 3-A)
09/04/2020VOTE: Passage (47-Y 48-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
09/08/2020Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House (53-Y 42-N 2-A)
09/08/2020Passed House (49-Y 45-N 2-A)
09/08/2020VOTE: Reconsider (53-Y 42-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
09/08/2020VOTE: Passage (49-Y 45-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
09/09/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/09/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
09/10/2020Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)