Criminal cases; sentencing reform. (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 provides that the attorney for the Commonwealth may not demand a jury trial when an order declaring a judicial emergency has suspended criminal jury trials. Read the Bill »


09/17/2020: In Committee


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

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