Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints, exception, penalties. (HB5069)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints. Prohibits a law-enforcement officer from using a neck restraint in the performance of his official duties and provides for disciplinary sanctions on an officer who uses a neck restraint. The bill provides an exception from the prohibition if a neck restraint is immediately necessary to protect the officer or another person. The bill defines "neck restraint" as the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure against the neck, including the trachea or carotid artery, with the purpose, intent, or effect of controlling or restricting the person's movement or restricting the person's blood flow or breathing, including chokeholds, carotid restraints, and lateral vascular neck restraints. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


08/18/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200533D
08/18/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
08/19/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5069)
08/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5069)
08/26/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/26/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
08/26/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
08/26/2020Committee substitute printed 20201037D-H1
08/27/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB5069H1)
08/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5069H1)
08/31/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/02/2020Read first time
09/03/2020Read second time
09/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201037D-H1
09/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB5069H1
09/04/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
09/04/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-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 (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
09/16/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
09/16/2020Committee substitute printed 20201185D-S1
09/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5069S1)
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
10/02/2020Read third time
10/02/2020Reading of substitute waived
10/02/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201185D-S1
10/02/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB5069S1
10/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Placed on Calendar
10/07/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20201185D-S1 (60-Y 36-N)
10/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (60-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
10/14/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB5069ER)
10/14/2020Signed by Speaker
10/14/2020Signed by President
10/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5069ER)
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 35 (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 (CHAP0035)
10/28/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 35 (effective 3/1/21)