Law-enforcement officer; discharge of firearm, etc., release of video or audio recording. (HB1941)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Required release of video or audio recording; discharge of firearm or use of stun weapon or chemical irritant by law-enforcement officer. Requires that, whenever a law-enforcement officer (i) discharges a firearm or (ii) uses a stun weapon or chemical irritant on a person resulting in death or serious bodily injury, any video or audio recording that relates to such incident produced or obtained by a law-enforcement officer be open to inspection and available for release and posted on a website that is maintained by the law-enforcement agency or on any other website on which the law-enforcement agency generally posts information and that is available to the public or that clearly describes how the public may access such data within 15 days of producing or obtaining such video or audio recording. The bill includes exceptions to such release. The bill also provides that any person denied the rights and privileges conferred may proceed to enforce such rights and privileges by filing a petition for mandamus or injunction pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100443D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1941)
01/21/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1941)
01/27/2021Referred from Courts of Justice
01/27/2021Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/28/2021Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2021Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2021Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/05/2021Left in Appropriations