Communicating threats of death or bodily injury to a person with intent to intimidate; penalty. (SB1113)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth), and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


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 HB 2194. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


12/18/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101629D
12/18/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
12/23/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB1113)
01/06/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1113)
01/20/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (10-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Committee substitute printed 21104255D-S1
02/01/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/02/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1113S1)
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1113S1)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104255D-S1
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1113S1
02/05/2021Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice
02/12/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2021Committee substitute printed 21200172D-H1
02/12/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1113H1)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/16/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1113H1)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200172D-H1
02/17/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1113H1
02/17/2021Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021Title replaced 21200172D-H1
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1113ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1113ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
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
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 84 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0084)