Protective orders; violations of preliminary child protective order, changes punishment, etc. (SB1415)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Violations of protective orders; preliminary child protective order. Changes the punishment and sentencing requirements for a violation of a preliminary child protective order so that the maximum penalty is a Class 1 misdemeanor and the court is no longer required to enter a permanent family abuse protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) upon a conviction of a violation of a preliminary child protective order. The bill provides that a violation of a preliminary child protective order is punishable as contempt of court; however, if the violation involves an act or acts of commission or omission that endanger the child's life, health, or normal development or result in bodily injury to the child, it is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, violations of preliminary child protective orders constitute contempt of court and are also subject to the same penalties as violations of preliminary, emergency, and permanent family abuse protective orders, including enhanced penalties for certain violations. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference. Read the Bill »


04/07/2021: enacted


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101189D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1415)
02/01/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Reported from Judiciary with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/03/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/03/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1415E
02/03/2021Printed as engrossed 21101189D-E
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-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
02/12/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1415E)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/17/2021Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021House amendments rejected by Senate (3-Y 35-N)
02/22/2021House insisted on amendments
02/22/2021House requested conference committee
02/23/2021Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2021Senators: Stanley, McDougle, Deeds
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Mullin, Guy, Campbell, J.L.
02/25/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (98-Y 0-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1415ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1415ER)
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
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 19-N)
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (69-Y 31-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Agree To (69-Y 31-N)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (SB1415ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 529 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0529)