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, purchase, or otherwise accept on any terms (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; or (iv) armored multi-wheeled vehicles that are mine-resistant, ambush-protected, and configured for combat from a surplus program operated by the federal government. 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 Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department). The bill prohibits the use of kinetic impact munitions and tear gas unless an unlawful assembly has been declared and other requirements are met. "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 to adopt emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


09/24/2020: passed committee


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09/09/2020Amendment by Delegate Helmer withdrawn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)

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