Law-enforcement civilian review panels; localities required, on or before 7/1/2021, to establish. (HB5055)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from 15 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement civilian oversight bodies. Requires a locality to establish a law-enforcement civilian oversight body that may (i) receive, investigate, and issue findings on complaints from civilians regarding conduct of law-enforcement officers and civilian employees; (ii) investigate and issue findings on incidents, including the use of force by a law-enforcement officer, death or serious injury to any person held in custody, serious abuse of authority or misconduct, allegedly discriminatory stops, and other incidents regarding the conduct of law-enforcement officers or civilian employees; (iii) make binding disciplinary determinations in cases that involve serious breaches of departmental and professional standards; (iv) investigate policies, practices, and procedures of law-enforcement agencies and make recommendations regarding changes to such policies, practices, and procedures; (v) review all investigations conducted internally by law-enforcement agencies and issue findings regarding the accuracy, completeness, and impartiality of such investigations and the sufficiency of any discipline resulting from such investigations; (vi) request reports of the annual expenditures of law-enforcement agencies and make budgetary recommendations; (vii) make public reports on the activities of the board; and (viii) undertake any other duties as reasonably necessary for the board to effectuate its lawful purpose to effectively oversee the law-enforcement agencies as authorized by the locality. The bill provides that a law-enforcement officer who is subject to a binding disciplinary determination may file a grievance requesting a final hearing pursuant to the locality's local grievance procedures. Read the Bill »


09/24/2020: passed committee


08/18/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200472D
08/18/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
08/25/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/25/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
08/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20200962D-H1
08/25/2020Substitute bill reprinted 20200962D-H1
08/27/2020Read first time
08/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5055H1)
08/28/2020Read second time
08/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20200962-H1
08/28/2020Amendment by Delegate Wilt rejected
08/28/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB5055EH1
08/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20200962D-H1
08/28/2020VOTE: Pass By (54-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
08/28/2020Amendment by Delegate Wilt passed by (54-Y 41-N)
08/28/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB5055H1
09/03/2020Read third time and passed House (53-Y 45-N)
09/03/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
09/04/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB5055)
09/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/04/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
09/16/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (7-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
09/16/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
09/16/2020Committee substitute printed 20201194D-S1
09/18/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5055S1)
09/24/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
09/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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