Mandatory minimum sentences; elimination, modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term. (SB1443)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elimination of mandatory minimum sentences; modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term of confinement for felony offenses. Eliminates all mandatory minimum sentences of confinement from the Code of Virginia. The bill directs the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to establish a work group to evaluate the feasibility of resentencing persons previously convicted of a felony offense that was punishable by a mandatory minimum term of confinement. The work group would report on its findings by November 1, 2021. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Read the Bill »


02/24/2021: Passed the House


01/18/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102953D
01/18/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/25/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Committee substitute printed 21103563D-S1
01/25/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/02/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103563D-S1
02/04/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2021Amendment by Senator Edwards agreed to
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1443ES1
02/04/2021Printed as engrossed 21103563D-ES1
02/04/2021Engrossed bill reprinted 21103563D-ES1
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1443ES1)
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1443S1)
02/05/2021Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 17-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
02/16/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1443ES1)
02/17/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200370D-H1
02/17/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/2021Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/22/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
02/22/2021Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 8-N)
02/22/2021Committee substitute printed 21200479D-H2
02/23/2021Read second time
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Committee on Courts of Justice substitute rejected 21200370D-H1
02/24/2021Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 21200479D-H2
02/24/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1443H2
02/24/2021Passed House with substitute (56-Y 43-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Passage (56-Y 43-N)
02/25/2021House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1443H2)
02/25/2021House insisted on substitute
02/25/2021House requested conference committee
02/25/2021Senate acceded to request (32-Y 6-N)
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Edwards, Morrissey, Stanley
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Mullin, Delaney, Campbell, J.L.
03/01/2021No further action taken
03/01/2021Failed to pass