Law-enforcement officer; civil action for deprivation of rights. (SB5065)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Civil action for deprivation of rights by a law-enforcement officer. Creates a civil action for the deprivation of a person's rights by a law-enforcement officer. The bill provides that a plaintiff may be awarded compensatory damages, punitive damages, and equitable relief, as well as reasonable attorney fees and costs. Finally, the bill provides that sovereign immunity or any other immunities or limitations on liability or damages shall not apply to such actions and that qualified immunity is not a defense to liability for such deprivation of rights. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200158D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
08/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5065)
08/26/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/26/2020Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20201016D-S1
08/26/2020Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)