Police and court records; expungement and sealing of records, Expungement Fee Fund created. (SB1339)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sealing of criminal records; penalties. Establishes a process for the automatic sealing of police and court records, defined in the bill, for certain convictions, deferred dispositions, and acquittals and for offenses that have been nolle prossed or otherwise dismissed. The bill also allows a person to petition for the sealing of police and court records relating to certain convictions. The bill has staggered delayed effective dates in order to develop systems for implementing the provisions of the bill. This bill incorporates SB 1283 and SB 1372 and is identical to HB 2113. Read the Bill »


04/07/2021: enacted


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100793D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/14/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1339)
01/26/2021Assigned Judiciary sub: Expungement
01/28/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 3-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Incorporates SB1283 (Morrissey)
02/01/2021Incorporates SB1372 (Lucas)
02/01/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1339)
02/01/2021Committee substitute printed 21103918D-S1
02/02/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1339S1)
02/03/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104284D-S2
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1339S2)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Committee substitute rejected 21103918D-S1
02/04/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2021Committee substitute rejected 21104284D-S2
02/04/2021Floor substitute printed 21104416D-S3 (Surovell)
02/04/2021Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to 21104416D-S3
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1339S3
02/05/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1339S3)
02/05/2021Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Passed Senate (21-Y 18-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
02/19/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/20/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 8-N)
02/20/2021Committee substitute printed 21200355D-H1
02/20/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/2021Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/22/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1339H1)
02/22/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1339H1)
02/22/2021Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 7-N)
02/23/2021Read second time
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200355D-H1
02/24/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1339H1
02/24/2021Passed House with substitute (58-Y 41-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Passage (58-Y 41-N)
02/25/2021Passed by temporarily
02/25/2021House substitute agreed to by Senate (25-Y 14-N)
02/25/2021Title replaced 21200355D-H1
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1339ER)
03/09/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1339ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/31/2021Governor's substitute printed 21200871D-S4
04/02/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1339S4)
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (22-Y 18-N)
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (60-Y 40-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Agree To (60-Y 40-N)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (SB1339ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 524 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0524)
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 524 (effective - see bill)