Relief; Stevens, Emerson Eugene. (HB394)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Claims; Emerson Eugene Stevens; compensation for wrongful incarceration. Provides relief in the amount of $1,699,274 to Emerson Eugene Stevens, who was wrongly convicted of abduction with intent to defile and murder. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102574D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/2022Assigned App. sub: General Government and Capital Outlay
01/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB394)
01/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB394)
02/09/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2022Engrossed by House as amended HB394E
02/14/2022Printed as engrossed 22102574D-E
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB394E)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
03/02/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Committee substitute printed 22107207D-S1
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB394S1)
03/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Read third time
03/04/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107207D-S1
03/04/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB394S1
03/04/2022Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate substitute rejected by House 22107207D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/10/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Sullivan, Bloxom, Bell
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Lucas, Edwards, Pillion
03/12/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 0-N)
03/12/2022VOTE: Adoption (92-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB394ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB394ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 296 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0296)


Andrew P Deel Jr writes:

My question is, what about his wife and children's lack of financial stability after the incarceration of Emmerson Stevens? They have suffered greatly which there relatives including myself have witnessed in the face of this injustice. Do they not deserve some compensation for their pain, suffering and financial loss all those years. They never recovered from their traumatic experience or being treated as outcasts all those years. For your consideration.

Sandra Deel writes:

It's a shame his children and myself weren't included in this bill. We were in both court cases with him, had to testified, we went through hell with all the late night calls and threats. Me and my children went to the parole board in his behalf. When he got out I gave him a place to stay, helped him get a job, get his license and took him to work every day until he got his own vehicle. It was his choice to leave, I wasn't the one he wanted but that should not have stopped him from helping us.