Law-enforcement agencies; acquisition and use of military property. (HB5049)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patrons Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Acquisition and use of military property by law-enforcement agencies. Provides that no state or local law-enforcement agency shall acquire or purchase (i) weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles; (ii) aircraft that are configured for combat or are combat-coded and have no established commercial flight application; (iii) grenades or similar explosives or grenade launchers from a surplus program operated by the federal government; (iv) armored multi-wheeled vehicles that are mine-resistant, ambush-protected, and configured for combat from a surplus program operated by the federal government; (v) bayonets; (vi) firearms of .50 caliber or higher; (vii) ammunition of .50 caliber or higher; or (viii) weaponized tracked armored vehicles. These provisions do not apply to the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force. The bill prohibits the use of such military property by a law-enforcement officer unless a waiver has been granted by the Criminal Justice Services Board. The bill prohibits the use of kinetic impact munitions unless their use is necessary to protect a law-enforcement officer or another person from bodily injury. "Kinetic impact munitions" includes impact rounds and baton rounds, such as rubber batons, bean bag rounds, foam baton rounds, and plastic, wax, wood, or rubber-coated projectiles. The bill directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) to establish training standards for law enforcement on the use of kinetic impact munitions and tear gas. The bill directs the Department to adopt emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200730D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
08/18/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5049)
08/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5049)
08/25/2020Reported from Public Safety (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
08/25/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
08/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/03/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20201002D-H1
09/04/2020Read first time
09/08/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5049H1)
09/08/2020Passed by for the day
09/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5049H1)
09/09/2020Read second time
09/09/2020Amendment by Delegate Helmer withdrawn
09/09/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201002D-H1
09/09/2020Pending question ordered
09/09/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB5049H1
09/10/2020Passed by until after Resolutions Regular Calendar
09/10/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 42-N)
09/10/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
09/15/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/15/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
09/16/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/16/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
09/16/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
09/16/2020Committee substitute printed 20201182D-S1
09/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5049S1)
09/24/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
09/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/01/2020Passed by temporarily
10/01/2020Read third time
10/01/2020Passed by for the day
10/02/2020Floor substitute printed 20201300D-S2 (Locke)
10/02/2020Read third time
10/02/2020Committee substitute rejected
10/02/2020Reading of substitute waived
10/02/2020Substitute by Senator Locke withdrawn
10/02/2020Committee substitute reconsidered (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201182D-S1
10/02/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB5049S1
10/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5049S2)
10/07/2020Placed on Calendar
10/07/2020Senate substitute rejected by House (1-Y 95-N)
10/07/2020VOTE: Rejected (1-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Senate insisted on amendment (27-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Senate requested conference committee
10/07/2020House acceded to request
10/07/2020Conferees appointed by House
10/07/2020Delegates: Herring, Helmer, Campbell, J.L.
10/07/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
10/07/2020Senators: Surovell, Locke, Stuart
10/13/2020C Amended by conference committee
10/13/2020Conference substitute printed 20201365C-H2
10/13/2020Conference substitute printed 20201364D-H2
10/14/2020Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 42-N)
10/14/2020Passed by temporarily
10/14/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
10/14/2020VOTE: Agreed To (54-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
10/16/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB5049ER)
10/16/2020Signed by Speaker
10/16/2020Signed by President
10/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5049ER)
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
10/28/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
11/09/2020House rejected Governor's recommendation (3-Y 95-N)
11/09/2020VOTE: Rejected (3-Y 95-N)
11/09/2020Communicated to Governor
11/16/2020Ccommunicated to Governor on November 16, 2020
11/16/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., December 9, 2020
11/16/2020Communicated to Governor on November 16, 2020
11/18/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 55 (effective 3/1/21)
11/18/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0055)