Juvenile; sentencing when tried as an adult. (HB744)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sentencing of juvenile tried as adult. Provides that a court, in the case of a juvenile tried as an adult and convicted of a felony, may depart from any mandatory minimum sentence required by law and suspend any portion of an otherwise applicable sentence. The bill also requires the court, when sentencing a juvenile as an adult, to consider the juvenile's exposure to adverse childhood experiences, early childhood trauma, or any child welfare agency and the differences between juvenile and adult offenders. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104812D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 1-N)
01/27/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Read first time
01/30/2020Read second time
01/30/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/30/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB744E
01/30/2020Printed as engrossed 20104812D-E
01/31/2020Read third time and passed House (71-Y 27-N)
01/31/2020VOTE: Passage (71-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB744E)
02/17/2020Reported from Judiciary (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Passed Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB744ER)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB744ER)
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
03/05/2020Signed 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
03/23/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 396 (effective 7/1/20)
03/23/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0396)