Best interests of the child; history of child abuse and acts of violence, etc. (HB861)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Best interests of the child; history of child abuse and acts of violence, force, or threat. Provides that any history of child abuse and acts of violence, force, or threat that occurred no earlier than 10 years prior to the filing of a petition for custody or visitation of a child shall be considered by a court in determining the best interests of a child. This bill is identical to SB 105. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104789D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2020Reported from Courts of Justice (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Read first time
01/30/2020Read second time
01/30/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/31/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/12/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Committee substitute printed 20108180D-S1
02/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Read third time
02/17/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/17/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108180D-S1
02/17/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB861S1
02/17/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020VOTE: Adoption (2-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Placed on Calendar
02/19/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108180D-S1 (2-Y 97-N)
02/19/2020VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Senate requested conference committee
02/24/2020House acceded to request
02/24/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2020Delegates: Levine, Heretick, Kilgore
02/25/2020Senators: Favola, McClellan, Stuart
02/25/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2020Senators: Favola, Stuart, Surovell
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109724D-H1
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB861ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1074 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1074)