Death penalty; abolition of current penalty. (SB1165)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from 17 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


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. This bill is identical to HB 2263. Read the Bill »


03/24/2021: signed by governor


01/08/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100656D
01/08/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/11/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1165)
01/18/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/18/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2021Committee substitute printed 21103081D-S1
01/18/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/19/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1165S1)
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1165S1)
01/26/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Floor substitute printed 21103373D-S2 (Stanley)
01/28/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Floor substitute printed 21103876D-S3 (Norment)
01/28/2021Passed by for the day
01/28/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1165S3)
01/28/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1165S2)
01/29/2021Passed by for the day
02/01/2021Passed by for the day
02/02/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2021Floor substitute printed 21103949D-S4 (Surovell)
02/02/2021Floor substitute printed 21104328D-S5 (Norment)
02/02/2021Substitute bill reprinted 21104328D-S5
02/02/2021Floor substitute printed 21104325D-S6 (Norment)
02/02/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1165S4)
02/02/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1165S6)
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2021Committee substitute rejected 21103081D-S1
02/02/2021Substitute by Senator Stanley rejected 21103373D-S2 (17-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Substitute by Senator Norment withdrawn 21103876D-S3
02/02/2021Substitute by Senator Surovell passed by temporarily
02/02/2021Substitute by Senator Norment rejected 21104325D-S6 (16-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Substitute by Senator Norment rejected 21104328D-S5 (17-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to 21103949D-S4
02/02/2021Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1165S4
02/03/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1165S5)
02/03/2021Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice
02/17/2021Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Pending question ordered
02/22/2021Passed House (57-Y 43-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (57-Y 43-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1165ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1165ER)
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
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 345
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 345 (effective 7/1/21)
03/24/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0345)