Traffic offenses, certain; issuing citations. (HB79)

Introduced By

Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine) with support from co-patron Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Issuing citations; certain traffic offenses. Removes the provisions that provide that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a motor vehicle for operating (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) with defective and unsafe equipment, (iii) without brake lights or a high mount stop light, (iv) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (v) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (vi) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle, and the accompanying the exclusionary provisions. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102406D
01/04/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB79)
01/25/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2022Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22105519D-H1
02/07/2022Incorporates HB1030 (Austin)
02/09/2022Read first time
02/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB79H1)
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105519D-H1
02/10/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB79H1
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 45-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/28/2022Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1030.


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would repeal the prohibitions enacted last year on police use of minor traffic infractions and the smell of marijuana as excuses to stop and ask to search cars. The law was changed to eliminate unnecessary interactions between police and the public and address the reality that these kinds of stops were disproportionately being made on Black and Brown people.

Daniel Mayben writes:

Please vote no on this. You know it’s the right thing to do. Don’t set VA back.

Christopher Woody writes:

Please vote NO on this. This will take us back 500 years.

Akemi Mokoto writes:

If police can it enforce a law, then do not make it a crime in the first place.