Civil action for deprivation of rights; duties and liabilities of certain employers. (HB2045)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Civil action for deprivation of rights; duties and liabilities of certain employers in employing or contracting for the services of law-enforcement officers. Creates a civil action for the deprivation of a person's rights by a law-enforcement officer and provides that a plaintiff may be awarded compensatory damages, punitive damages, and equitable relief as well as reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill provides that sovereign immunity and 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. Finally, the bill provides that any public or private entity that employs or contracts for the services of a law-enforcement officer owes a duty of reasonable care to third parties in its hiring, supervision, training, retention, and use of such officers under its employment or contract. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101696D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2021Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB2045)
01/26/2021Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/29/2021Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)
02/05/2021Left in Courts of Justice


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