Communicating threats of death or bodily injury to a person with intent to intimidate; penalty. (HB2194)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Communicating threats of death or bodily injury to a person with intent to intimidate; penalties. Provides that any person 18 years of age or older who communicates a threat in writing, including an electronically transmitted communication producing a visual or electronic message, to another to kill or to do serious bodily injury to any other person and makes such threat with the intent to (i) intimidate a civilian population at large; (ii) influence the conduct or activities of a government, including the government of the United States, a state, or a locality, through intimidation; or (iii) compel the emergency evacuation, or avoidance, of any place of assembly, any building or other structure, or any means of mass transportation is guilty of a Class 5 felony. The bill provides that any person younger than 18 years of age who commits such offense is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. This bill is identical to SB 1113. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101561D
01/13/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2194)
01/13/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2194)
01/29/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/03/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104392D-H1
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2194H1)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104392D-H1
02/04/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2194H1
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2194H1)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Reported from Judiciary (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/16/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed Senate (34-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2194ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2194ER)
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
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 83 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0083)