Protective orders; violations of preliminary child protective order, changes punishment, etc. (HB2012)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Violations of protective orders; preliminary child protective order. Changes the punishment and sentencing requirements for a violation of a preliminary child protective order so that the maximum penalty is a Class 1 misdemeanor and the court is no longer required to enter a permanent family abuse protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) upon a conviction of a violation of a preliminary child protective order. The bill provides that a violation of a preliminary child protective order is punishable as contempt of court; however, if the violation involves an act or acts of commission or omission that endanger the child's life, health, or normal development or result in bodily injury to the child, it is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, violations of preliminary child protective orders constitute contempt of court and are also subject to the same penalties as violations of preliminary, emergency, and permanent family abuse protective orders, including enhanced penalties for certain violations. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100411D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
01/20/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Read first time
01/22/2021Read second time
01/22/2021Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB2012E
01/22/2021Printed as engrossed 21100411D-E
01/25/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
01/25/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2012E)
01/26/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Reported from Judiciary with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/15/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2021Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Placed on Calendar
02/17/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2012ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2012ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 184 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0184)