Emergency Services and Disaster Law; powers and duties of the Governor, executive orders, penalty. (HB5093)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patrons Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency Services and Disaster Law; powers and duties of the Governor; executive orders; penalty. Provides that a violation of an executive order declared by the Governor as the Director of Emergency Management shall be punishable either as a civil penalty of not more than $500 or as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, the only penalty for such a violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also mandates that a violation of an executive order that is punishable as a civil penalty shall be charged by summons and may be executed by a law-enforcement officer when such violation is observed by the officer. The proceeds of any such civil penalty that is imposed shall be paid and collected only in lawful money of the United States and paid into the state treasury to the credit of the Literary Fund. Read the Bill »


09/25/2020: Passed the Senate


08/19/2020Presented and ordered printed 20200838D
08/19/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
08/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5093)
08/25/2020Reported from Public Safety (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
08/27/2020Read first time
08/28/2020Read second time and engrossed
09/03/2020Read third time and passed House (61-Y 37-N)
09/03/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
09/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/04/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
09/18/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
09/18/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/25/2020Read third time
09/25/2020Reading of amendment waived
09/25/2020Committee amendment agreed to
09/25/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
09/25/2020Passed Senate with amendment (19-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
09/29/2020Passed by for the day

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