Abuse & neglect; financial exploitation, changes term incapacitated adults, definitions, penalties. (HB496)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Abuse and neglect; financial exploitation; incapacitated adults; penalties. Changes the term "incapacitated adult" to "vulnerable adult" for the purposes of the crime of abuse and neglect of such adults and defines "vulnerable adult" as any person 18 years of age or older who is impaired by reason of mental illness, intellectual or developmental disability, physical illness or disability, or other causes, including age, to the extent the adult lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make, communicate, or carry out reasonable decisions concerning his well-being or has one or more limitations that substantially impair the adult's ability to independently provide for his daily needs or safeguard his person, property, or legal interests. The bill also changes the term "person with mental incapacity" to the same meaning of "vulnerable adult" for the purposes of the crime of financial exploitation. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference. This bill is identical to SB 687. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100823D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2022Impact statement from VCSC (HB496)
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB496)
02/08/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/11/2022Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time and engrossed
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)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/21/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Committee substitute printed 22106769D-S1
02/21/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/23/2022Impact statement from VCSC (HB496S1)
02/23/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB496S1)
03/02/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/07/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106769D-S1
03/07/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB496S1
03/07/2022Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22106769D-S1 (96-Y 1-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
03/08/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22106769D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Adoption #2 (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB496ER)
03/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB496ER)
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Signed by President
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
04/08/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 259 (effective 7/1/22)
04/08/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0259)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB126 and SB687.


Victoria writes:

This would be considered discrimination.

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