Criminal cases; sentencing reform, procedure for trial by jury, etc. (SB5007)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Criminal cases; sentencing reform. Provides that in a criminal case the court shall ascertain the extent of the punishment unless the accused has requested that the jury ascertain punishment or was found guilty of capital murder. The bill also provides that if a jury cannot agree on a punishment, the court shall fix punishment. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


07/31/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200360D
07/31/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
08/20/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
08/20/2020Committee substitute printed 20200902D-S1
08/20/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
08/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5007S1)
08/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5007S1)
09/03/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/03/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
09/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20201006D-S2
09/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/08/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5007S2)
09/09/2020Read second time
09/09/2020Reading of substitute waived
09/09/2020Committee substitute from Judiciary rejected 20200902D-S1
09/09/2020Committee substitute from Finance and Appropriations agreed to 20201006D-S2
09/09/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB5007S2
09/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
09/17/2020Placed on Calendar
09/17/2020Read first time
09/17/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
09/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20201248D-H1
09/22/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
09/25/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/25/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendment (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/28/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB5007H1)
09/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5007H1)
09/29/2020Read second time
10/02/2020Read third time
10/02/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201248D-H1
10/02/2020Committee amendment agreed to
10/02/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB5007H1
10/02/2020Passed House with substitute with amendment (57-Y 42-N)
10/02/2020VOTE: Passage (57-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020House substitute with amendments rejected by Senate (3-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Reconsideration of House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020House substitute with amendment rejected by Senate (13-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020House insisted on substitute with amendment
10/07/2020House requested conference committee
10/07/2020Senate acceded to request (23-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
10/07/2020Senators: Morrissey, Edwards, Stanley
10/07/2020Conferees appointed by House
10/07/2020Delegates: Herring, Scott, Coyner
10/14/2020C Amended by conference committee
10/14/2020Conference substitute printed 20201357D-S3
10/14/2020Passed by for the day
10/16/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
10/16/2020Conference report agreed to by House (55-Y 43-N)
10/16/2020VOTE: Agreed To (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
10/28/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB5007ER)
10/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5007ER)
10/28/2020Signed by Speaker
10/30/2020Signed by President
10/30/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on October 30, 2020
10/30/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., November 6, 2020
11/05/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 43 (effective 7/1/21)
11/05/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0043)