Wearing masks during commission of a crime or acts of intimidation or harassment; penalty. (HB1782)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Wearing masks during commission of a crime or acts of intimidation or harassment; penalty. Changes the prohibition on wearing a mask in certain places to make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to, with the intent to conceal his identity, wear any mask, hood, or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer while committing or attempting to commit (i) a crime or (ii) an act of intimidation or harassment against another person where such act is motivated by racial, religious, gender, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ethnic animosity. Current law makes it a Class 6 felony for any person over 16 years of age to wear such mask or other device and be or appear in any public place or upon any private property in the Commonwealth without first obtaining written consent from the owner or tenant, with some exceptions. Read the Bill »

Status

01/14/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee

History

DateAction
12/29/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100707D
12/29/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/14/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1782)
01/15/2021Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)

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