Law-enforcement; Attorney Gen. authorized to file civil suit or inquire into any unlawful practice. (SB5024)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement misconduct. Authorizes the Attorney General to file a civil suit or inquire into or seek to conciliate, through the Division of Human Rights, any unlawful pattern and practice against the Commonwealth or a locality whenever the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that law-enforcement officers of any agency of the Commonwealth or any locality are engaging in a pattern or practice that deprives persons of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the laws of the United States and the Commonwealth. The bill also empowers the Attorney General to issue a civil investigative demand if the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that an unlawful pattern and practice violation has occurred. The bill authorizes the Attorney General to enter into a conciliation agreement with a locality to resolve an unlawful pattern and practice, and provides that such agreement may include a court-enforceable deprivation of certain local funds if the locality fails to abide by the agreement. This bill is identical to HB 5072.


Bill Has Passed


08/13/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200402D
08/13/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
08/18/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5024)
08/18/2020Reported from Judiciary (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
08/18/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
09/03/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
09/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/09/2020Read second time
09/09/2020Reading of amendment waived
09/09/2020Amendment by Senator Lucas agreed to
09/09/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB5024E
09/09/2020Printed as engrossed 20200402D-E
09/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
09/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5024E)
09/17/2020Placed on Calendar
09/17/2020Read first time
09/17/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
09/22/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
09/22/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
09/25/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/29/2020Read second time
10/02/2020Read third time
10/02/2020Passed House (55-Y 42-N)
10/02/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB5024ER)
10/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5024ER)
10/07/2020Signed by President
10/07/2020Signed by Speaker
10/14/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on October 14, 2020
10/14/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., October 21, 2020
10/21/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 19 (Per Article IV, Section 13, this bill will be effective on the
10/21/2020first day of the fourth month following the month adjournment sine die of this special session)
10/21/20201st day of the 4th month following the month of adjournment, sine die, of this special session)
10/21/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 19 (effective 3/1/21)
10/21/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0019)