Driving under the influence; remote alcohol monitoring, penalty. (SB439)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patrons Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), and Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driving under the influence; remote alcohol monitoring; penalty. Provides that in the case of an adult offender's first conviction of driving under the influence when the offender's blood alcohol content was less than 0.15, upon motion of the offender, the sole restriction of the offender's restricted driver's license shall be the prohibition of the offender from operating any motor vehicle not equipped with a functioning, certified ignition interlock system for one year without any violation of the ignition interlock system requirements. The bill provides that if a person is ineligible to receive a restricted license, a court may instead authorize such person to use a remote alcohol monitoring device, refrain from alcohol consumption, and participate in an alcohol safety action program; such provisions of the bill shall become effective on July 1, 2021. The bill provides that tampering with a remote alcohol monitoring device is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This bill incorporates SB 154 and SB 520. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100957D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB439)
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/20/2020Assigned Juciciary sub: Criminal Law
01/20/2020Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
01/29/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Incorporates SB154 (Stuart)
01/29/2020Incorporates SB520 (McDougle)
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed 20106514D-S1
01/29/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/03/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB439S1)
02/05/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107752D-S2
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB439S2)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute rejected 20106514D-S1
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107752D-S2
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB439S2
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Placed on Calendar
02/12/2020Read first time
02/12/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB439S2)
02/18/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/24/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N)
02/24/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/28/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20108106D-H1
03/03/2020Read second time
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB439H1)
03/03/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB439H1)
03/04/2020Read third time
03/04/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108106D-H1
03/04/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB439H1
03/04/2020Passed House with substitute (68-Y 29-N)
03/04/2020VOTE: Passage (68-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Title replaced 20108106D-H1
03/12/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB439ER)
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB439ER)
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1007 (effective - see bill)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1007)