Hate crimes; adds gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, penalty. (SB179)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/21/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/21/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102367D
12/21/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
12/27/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB179)
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/15/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2020Committee substitute printed 20105706D-S1
01/15/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/23/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB179S1)
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB179S1)
02/05/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105706D-S1
02/07/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/07/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB179ES1
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20105706D-ES1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB179ES1)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/19/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 3-N)
02/19/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read second time
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/27/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/27/2020Passed House with amendment (55-Y 44-N)
02/27/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House amendment agreed to by Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB179ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB179ER)
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
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
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1171 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1171)