Hate crimes; gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, penalty. (HB618)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hate crimes; gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation; penalty. Adds gender, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another's property results in a higher criminal penalty for the offense. The bill also adds gender, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the categories of hate crimes that are to be reported to the central repository of information regarding hate crimes maintained by the Virginia State Police. The bill provides that a person who is subjected to acts of intimidation or harassment, violence directed against his person, or vandalism to his real or personal property, where such acts are motivated by gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, may bring a civil action to recover his damages. The bill also provides that no provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet shall be liable for any action voluntarily taken by it in good faith to restrict access to material that the provider or user considers to be intended to incite hatred on the basis of gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The bill also eliminates the mandatory minimum terms of confinement for such hate crimes. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. This bill incorporates HB 488. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100865D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB618)
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB618)
02/04/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/06/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 3-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20106360D-H1
02/07/2020Incorporates HB488 (Kory)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB618H1)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106360D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB618H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (56-Y 43-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB618H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/19/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108748D-S1
02/21/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB618S1)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108748D-S1
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB618S1
02/24/2020Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB618S1)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108748D-S1 (54-Y 43-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 26 (effective 7/1/20)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB618ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB618ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 746 (effective - see bill)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0746)