Law-enforcement officer; duty to render aid, duty to report wrongdoing by another officer. (HB1948)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from 16 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement officer; duty to render aid; duty to report wrongdoing by another law-enforcement officer. Requires any law-enforcement officer on duty who witnesses another person suffering from a serious bodily injury or a life-threatening condition to render aid and makes it a duty to report acts of wrongdoing, defined in the bill and including bias-based profiling, committed by another law-enforcement officer on duty. Any law-enforcement officer who fails to render such aid or report such wrongdoing committed by another law-enforcement officer shall be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal, demotion, suspension, or transfer of the law-enforcement officer. The bill also expands the definition of "bias-based profiling," a practice banned for sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, other local law-enforcement officers, and State Police officers in the performance of their official duties, to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102665D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/2021Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
01/14/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
01/15/2021Reported from Public Safety (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1948)
01/18/2021Read first time
01/19/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/20/2021Read third time and passed House (57-Y 42-N)
01/20/2021VOTE: Passage (57-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/21/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/15/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Committee amendments
02/15/2021Failed to report (defeated) in Judiciary (6-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Reconsidered by Judiciary
02/17/2021Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

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