Death penalty; abolition of current penalty. (HB2263)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) with support from 25 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Sen. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Abolition of the death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. The bill provides that no person may be sentenced to death or put to death on or after its effective date for any violation of law. The bill incorporates HB 1779 and is identical to SB 1165. Read the Bill »


03/24/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Presented and ordered printed 21101951D
01/13/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2263)
01/13/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2263)
01/28/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/29/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
02/03/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104346D-H1
02/03/2021Incorporates HB1779 (Carter)
02/03/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2263H1)
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2263H1)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104346D-H1
02/04/2021Pending question ordered
02/04/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2263H1
02/05/2021Pending question ordered
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House (57-Y 41-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Passage (57-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred 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 (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/16/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed by for the day
02/18/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2021Floor substitute printed 21200391D-S1 (Stanley)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Passed by for the day
02/18/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2263S1)
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed by for the day
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2021Substitute by Senator Stanley rejected 21200391D-S1 (18-Y 21-N)
02/22/2021Passed Senate (22-Y 16-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2263ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2263ER)
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 344
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 344 (effective 7/1/21)
03/24/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0344)