Wrongful death statute of limitations; criminal investigations by law enforcement. (HB2073)

Introduced By

Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), and Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Wrongful death statute of limitations; criminal investigations by law enforcement; emergency. Provides that in a civil action for the wrongful death of an injured person such action may be brought by a personal representative of a decedent within two years after the death of the person or, if applicable, within two years of the conclusion of a criminal investigation by law enforcement of such death, whichever is longer. Under current law, a wrongful death action must be brought within two years of the death of the decedent. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101459D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2021Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/22/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Committee substitute printed 21103581D-H1
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103581D-H1
01/29/2021Emergency clause added
01/29/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2073H1
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary with letter (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)