Law-enforcement officer; failure to intervene in an unlawful use of excessive force, penalties. (HB5029)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement officer; failure to intervene in an excessive use of force; penalties. Requires that any law-enforcement officer who while in the performance of his official duties witnesses another law-enforcement officer engaging or attempting to engage in the use of excessive force, defined in the bill, against another person shall intervene, when such intervention is objectively reasonable and possible, to end the use of excessive force or attempted use of excessive force, or to prevent the further use of excessive force. The bill also requires a law-enforcement officer to render aid, as circumstances objectively permit, to any person injured as the result of such use of excessive force. The bill requires a law-enforcement officer to report intervention or use of excessive force in accordance with his employing agency's policies for reporting misconduct. The bill provides that any law-enforcement officer who violates the provisions of the bill shall be subject to disciplinary action. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200388D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
08/18/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5029)
08/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5029)
08/26/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/26/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
08/26/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
08/26/2020Committee substitute printed 20201020D-H1
08/27/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5029H1)
08/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5029H1)
08/31/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
09/02/2020Read first time
09/03/2020Read second time
09/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201020D-H1
09/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB5029H1
09/04/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 42-N)
09/04/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
09/09/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/09/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
09/16/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/16/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
09/16/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
09/16/2020Committee substitute printed 20201180D-S1
09/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5029S1)
09/24/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
09/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/01/2020Passed by temporarily
10/01/2020Passed by for the day
10/02/2020Floor substitute printed 20201297D-S2 (Locke)
10/02/2020Read third time
10/02/2020Committee substitute rejected
10/02/2020Reading of substitute waived
10/02/2020Substitute by Senator Locke agreed to
10/02/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB5029S2
10/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Placed on Calendar
10/07/2020Passed by temporarily
10/07/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20201297D-S2 (57-Y 39-N)
10/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
10/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5029S2)
10/14/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB5029ER)
10/14/2020Signed by Speaker
10/14/2020Signed by President
10/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5029ER)
10/21/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on October 21, 2020
10/21/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., October 28, 2020
10/28/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 25 (Per Article IV, Section 13, this bill will be effective on the
10/28/20201st day of the 4th month following the month of adjournment, sine die, of this special session)
10/28/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0025)
10/28/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 25 (effective 3/1/21)